SUPER UNIQUE Antique Rug | Pink-Berry with Super Unusual Deconstructed Geometric Design | 10 x 12
Size: 10 x 12
Pile: Low/Medium with age-related wear and responsible restoration
About: WOW... Honestly, that's the word for this rug. It is so hard to sum up the uniqueness in colors and design in this piece - so I made a bunch of videos on it in our Instagram stories to try and capture it all - but for the readers out there - here goes nothing! We start with the name of this rug; I've named this rug after one of my favorite cities in the world - Medellin. Medellin is known for it's past as the birthplace of the entire drug world - but WOW is it so much more than that when you actually land and start to explore the city, talk to the people, and take it all that it has to offer. That's how I feel about this piece. This village is known to weave beautiful rugs with geometric medallions and nice colors - but there is a preconceived notion with these rugs hence making them a little similar to the next - not this piece. Not when you really start to look at this rug and start exploring it. So much beauty in every square inch, so many variations of colors, so much going on for your senses to take in, and the more you look the more you fall deeper and deeper into it's trans. Like Medellin, this rug is bursting at the seams with lush and vibrant life. I remember the evening drive from the airport to the main city and on the way, our can driver pointed to the left and said, "look!", there she was, a glowing city nestled in-between valleys and large hilly terrain. Every single light in that city must have been on - it was really glowing and the light reflected back onto the city as they hit the valleys surrounding it. That's like this rug, you see it from afar and know it's special, but it's really not until you actually start to walk through it wither on foot or with your eyes to actually understand the rug, and in Medellin's case, the people, city, and culture. To take this analogy even one step further, the amount of other foreign travels in Medellin also added a wonderful layer to it. When I look at this rug because it's so different, it almost seemed like other villagers from different villages came together to freestyle weave something together. The way travelers meet at the city and explore, the weavers met at the loom and explored. We can start talking about the actual rug now, but seriously this is unlike another one from this village.... Let's start with the colors - if pink, watermelon, berry, magenta, apricot, rust, and rose had a baby - that's the main color of this piece. Variations of all of these colors with ancient rich blues that nearly look black, deep plum and lavender knots, camel, darker madder root, electrifying blues, sky blues, teals, and blues/greens along with some true yet earthy fire-engine red in only one side of the rugs motifs. The fact that the colors throughout this rug are also asymmetrical is just marvelous. You can see it in the all-over picture of the rug. Every color I mentioned above has about 10 shades of that specific color throughout this rug because this rug was dyed using a small-batch dying process and laid out to dry under the sun and rotated periodically giving this natural variation and striation between lightness and darkness of hues of one color. This alone is an art. The soft wool used is nice and plush in areas with most of the pile left because the sheep in this region of the mountains have great diets and lovely cool weather - a happy sheep is indeed better wool. Moving on to the design... this is where rug enthusiasts like myself get excited. This design is so unusual for this village to weave, I've literally never seen anything like it in my life. It is almost as if they have taken the typical Heriz design and DECONSTRUCTED it. No large medallion, but just an outline of a medallion, and not a contrasting color from the medallion and field, but the same color. Not structured finials erected from the top and bottom of the medallion to add structure and power, but two different sized finials and different shaped finials jutting out in their own artistic way. One swimming in the sea of geometric fillers all around and the other abutting the border entirely introducing an entirely new dimension to the rugs look. And of course, if you know anything about our rug curation and view on rugs - the more artistic merit and asymmetry throughout the rug the better - this medallion is crazy. So off-center, so asymmetrical, and just so juicy with all the interesting elements from colors to space, and to design and composition. Iconic Bakshayesh design border giving it that casual and bold border to embody the wildness of the center field. Some of the blue vines that jet through this piece look like lighting striking through and the geometric round-ish floral motifs give that nice opposing shape to shape contrast. All in all this piece is a gem. The age is fantastic, approximately 100 years old. The size is grand. The condition for its age is fantastic - some ancient old restoration throughout with some re-weaving with nice berry-family colors. Some areas have been reinforced and all considerable given its' age. Nice floppy handle so of course you should get a pad (you should get a pad for all rugs, especially old ones). Both fringe ends have been secured by my grandfather and the bindings are great. Ready to use, ready to love, and ready to elevate your space and take your eyes and soul for really an incredible journey (I know that sounds cheesy but it's absolutely true).
This rug is one-of-a-kind, only one available.
Because of the nature and age of these older/antique handmade pieces, irregularities and age-related wear are likely to exist and are not considered defects.
Any questions about this rug? Don't hesitate to reach out!
We always recommend a high-quality custom cut pad for any and all rugs; these pads are made for hand-knotted rugs. They create a body and support the knots of the rug, as well as prevent it from slipping and sliding.
A note from us to you: Buying a rug is special; it's not just you finding the rug, but also the rug finding you. Think about the many coincidences that have to occur for you to find the rug of your dreams. Our rugs are woven by nomads in the villages and remote mountainous regions of the major rug weaving districts across the world. All of our rugs are genuinely old and one-of-a-kind. Like anything old and unique, they are filled with character, soul, and story. The story of a rug is something we think about a lot; who was the weaver(s)? Did they weave it for personal use, commerce, to gift, or trade? Who was the second owner, and the third!? Sometimes the little motifs and symbols in rugs can help tell the story, but we will never truly know - there's something beautiful about that. Alas, our joy is to curate these incredible pieces that speak to us, and to pass them along to their new owners to be enjoyed and cherished for many years to come; both continuing to add to the story of the rug, and to the story of the new owners.
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