Erased Heritage Collection Mamluk Columbus Sky from Jan Kath
This classic Mamluk pattern has been given a contemporary look with the addition of silk mist.
The Erased Heritage Collection from Jan Kath is an exploration of the passage of time and how it can interact with timeless design. Historically, every region or culture in the rug producing world developed distinct and particular styles of carpets, each with its own signature looks and qualities. From Indian Konyas, Egyptian Mamluks, and Persian Bidjars these designs have been brought back to life knot by knot by master weavers employing a novel yet ancient method for rug production. The designs of the rug have been recorded in chanting song vs a technical diagram, allowing the passion of the teams working on them latitude to shine as they faithfully reproduce iconic patterns in original colors. Incorporated into these timeless designs is an aging of sorts mimicking the erosion or erasure of the original rug imagery. While this may look like reductive, this design is actually achieved with the addition of a silk pile cut higher than the underlying traditional design. This allows for dramatic interplay of light and shadow as the patterns themselves become the muse for the pondering of the passage of time.
The Mamluk design in the Columbus Sky can be traced back to the mid 13th through the early 16th Century in modern day Egypt. The carpets produced in that time show a mixture of the angular Turkic influences seen in Ersaris and Turkmen textiles along with a distinctly Egyptian tendency for visual density. The addition of silvery silk pile is a stylistic choice to simulate wear or almost a tattering of the rug, albeit represented by 100% Chinese silks.
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- Measures: 3'2" x 6'6"
- Materials: Wool and Silk
- Designed in Bochum, Germany
- Hand-knotted in India
- Rug Number #8283
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