December 14, 2007

Jazz and Tribal

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tony @ 10:41 pm

Today I stumbled across a series of brilliant blogs about rugs and music. First the fit with hand woven rugs was dubious. Then I found echoes. In music and the ensemble pieces you have all the formal patterned creations. In music the classical pieces are the hand knotted traditional rugs. Then you have the wild and free in the Tribal rugs. The bold strokes, flashes of colors, deft moves , new patterns and that is Jazz. Think Congo square. Think New Orleans. It is the freestyle, the call and response and the fact that the piece is incredibly collaborative. Jazz in rugs- music in rugs. And best of all like Jazz hand knotted tribal rugs are musical scores.
Here is an example of a Gabbeh tribal rug that reads like a score. Its from the nomadic people of Iran who work collaboratively and who draw their inspiration from nature and their surroundings. This one has a hard repetitive beat. In a few days I will share one that is scored differently. Call this early Congo square. Here the early slaves from Africa got together and played a music of call and response. It was a collaborative team effort. It was vibrant but not nuanced. The way I read this rug in the same way a group of tribal hand knotters with traditional rug skills got together. One knotted and then the next followed. Pure jazz. Call and response in tribal Persian rugs which in this case is at an early level and is its guttural. Bare bones. But beautiful. Somewhat melancholic actually.
A Jazzy Gabbeh RUGMAN



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