Erased Heritage Collection Mamluk Kensington Pleasure from Jan Kath
This intense Mamluk design is only complimented by the playful addition of silk in a deep teal.
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.
With the Mamluk Kensington Pleasure the base traditional Mamluk design originating in 13th through early 16th Century Egypt has been nearly consumed by a higher pile of teal blue silk. The signature red and pistachio green that are the hallmarks of these iconic pieces creates a striking contrast with the lower shorn wool areas of the piece.
This is just one example of the many wonderful rugs that we have in our showroom. Purchase through our site and have it shipped to you, or come see this or any of our other lovingly curated rugs and textiles in person in our 2037 NW Lovejoy Street showroom in NW Portland, Oregon.
- Measures: 8'3" x9'10"
- Materials: Wool and Silk
- Designed in Bochum, Germany
- Hand-knotted in India
- Rug Number #8139
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