Rug with Crescendo Pattern

Circa 1950
Boujad, Southern Middle Atlas, Morocco
280 x 160 cm
9'2" x 5'3"

The weaver here created a sort of musical score on a theme of only four colours. She begins with an orange colour background, abandoning it soon in favour of a soft terracotta. She keeps accenting with touches of lemon yellow, albeit more sparingly as she progresses in her genius composition. Her main theme is a crescendo pattern of what is initially a honeycomb arrangement of diamonds, which gradually expand differentially in size, blossoming into an oversized network of irregularly shaped lozenges, either randomly filled or half-filled with ivory or black or simply framing the background. The pattern achieves balance only at the end, reassuring us with its more regular cadence.


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