Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tree of Life Tribal Rug "at home!" in Santa Rosa, California.

I recently sold this Tree of Life rug to a client here in Sonoma County.  I believe this piece and the hallway runner shown in the last photo work quite well.  One of the factors involved in selecting the correct rug for the client's living room was the fact she had an extensive art collection displayed on her walls.

The living room was not large.  Her skillful decorating resulted in the space being very open and inviting. Additionally, there was an amazing piece of handmade furniture (the handmade credenza on the back wall) that one would not want to distract from.  What was needed was an aesthetically pleasing rug with the exact colors to pull all the art and furnishings together AND that emanated a peaceful, calming mood.  Also and always of paramount importance was finding a rug and runner that the client responded to emotionally and artistically.  Always the challenge.

I am pleased to say that this client's choices for her home could not have been better!

Just thought I would share.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What are Oriental Rug Trappings?

The word trapping was originally used to describe decorative or utilitarian ornaments for horses such as bridle, saddle, blankets, etc. An early definition from the 1913 edition of Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary states: "Specifically, ornaments to be put on horses."  Other definitions I found included the terms adornments and decorations. 

Oriental rug trappings are functional of decorative items woven by tribal weavers used within the nomadic encampment or in their pastoral lifestyle.  A few examples are saddlebags, grain sacks (balashts) and storage bags which are called torbas.  Additional examples are tent bands, spindle bags, salt bags, and horse covers. 

Bag face: The front of an old or antique saddlebag, sometimes also called bag front.  Many collectors delight in these pieces as each tribal group has their own iconography, colors, wool type, etc.  Here are a few examples, the first two of which are from my private collection.

For more Oriental rug definitions, I invite you to the definitions page on my site.

Oriental Rug Definitions 

                                            Antique Qasqai Saddlebag 

                                                 Antique Kurdish Torba          

Antique Balouch Torba