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Antique tribal Rugs can identify our roots

Rugs woven by tribes can identify our roots. Tania Welz showing her arts work where our fatherland can be defined.

Antique tribal Rugs can identify our roots according to Textile expert and Exhibitionist Tania Welz. She brings about series of works called Be-longing. Be-Longing describes as how used and worn rugs and Kilims, made by nomadic can reflect internal psychological and external territorial perception of our roots.
Global migration, displacement and the search for a new home are an increasingly common phenomena of our times.Thus they require a need for development of a broader concept of ‘Heimat’; one that expands beyond territorial identification and embraces cultural and individual nuances, creating new ways to BE in this present world.
There is a longing, a yearning that will pave new overarching ways to belong.
‘Heimat’ is a German word that describes a strong inner belonging to someone, something or somewhere. It is comparable with the English word ‘home’, but more complex since it includes also the concept of fatherland.

Imperial Rugs was delighted to be able to source some old antique nomadic rugs for this project. The Key note was to identify the relevant products. Amongst these rugs ones belonging to Tekke tribes located in South Turkmenistan did have both patterns and colours complementing this unique work.

 

Rugs woven by tribes can identify our roots: This picture shows the old tribal rug selected for this work.
Antique tribal rugs can identify our roots: This picture shows the old tribal rug selected for this work.
Rugs woven by tribes can identify our roots.
Antique tribal rugs can be altered in  patterns and colours to describe displacement roots.
Rugs woven by tribes can identify our roots: in this image the patterns of floral motifs on silk foundation has been shown.
This image shows the patterns of floral motifs on silk foundation.
Rugs woven by tribes can identify our roots. This picture shows the transition of old antique tribal rug to in which our roots can be explained.
This picture shows the transition of old antique rug, demonstrating the concept of Be-Longingwe We were delighted to source some of these fantastic antique nomadic rugs for this work. The Key note was to ensure specific antique worn rugs were found. Amongst these tribal rugs ones belonging to Tekke group in South Turkmenistan do have both patterns and design, which go well with the fundamental of this work.
Longing describes as how used and worn rugs and Kilims, made by nomadic can reflect internal psychological and external territorial perception of our roots. Global migration, displacement and the search for a new home are an increasingly common phenomena of our times
Be-Longing, describes as how used worn rugs, made by nomadic people can reflect internal psychological and external territorial perception of our roots. Global migration, displacement and the search for a new home are increasingly common phenomena of our times. As tribal rugs become worn and damaged due to the years of usage and negligence, they do remind us of displacement of people with or without force. Used antique tribal rugs allow us to discover their background history in which can be related to our roots. Amongst these rugs, Tekke, Yamout and Ersari tribes lived in South Turkmenistan are the most attractive ones.

 

 

 

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fashion house Burberry Oriental rugs

Oriental rugs and kilims turn into fashion handbags

fashion house Burberry Oriental rugs

It is a rare occurrence to be chosen to collaborate with famous fashion house for a one off project that uses antique carpets as their main design. It is not normally seen in carpet business, as even selecting only one rug is a long and slow process, due to the many initial consultations involved. However, at the beginning of 2014, imperial rugs had the opportunity to work alongside fashion powerhouse, Burberry, on their autumn/ winter collection. The aim was to source more than 100 antique and decorative rugs and kilims in limited space of time. The end product was fine fashion handbags made from these wonderful pieces by paying attention to details in both design and colour. The process started by first finding rugs with relevant colours and designs that will match the final outcome the designers had in mind. Then, they had to be professionally cleaned, washed and repaired if necessary. The most heart-wrenching process was watching these splendid pieces being cut into small sections, so then can be sent to the lab for further testing. It was essential that the texture and wool did not contain any synthetics and met certain criteria. It is worth mentioning that all carpets that predate 1860 are naturally dyed, by using plants, minerals or animals. Since finding rugs that made after 1860, and yet met the whole criteria was very difficult, some rugs didn’t make it through the vigorous process of checking for chemical dyes. Once approved by the lab, the rugs were sent to the talented Burberry team in order to start matching the patterns with other high quality materials, such as suede and leather. The final step was sending the high quality handbags to the Burberry warehouse in Italy, for the finishing touches.

Sourcing more than 100 rugs and Kilims with certain specifications in a short period of time is not an easy task. In addition, satisfying a group of talented Burberry employees with such high expectations could only be achieved through the commitment and right knowledge. We were pleased to be able to reach the final goal with fantastic products at the end.

Oriental rugs and kilims turn into fashion handbags.
Oriental rugs and kilims turn into fashion handbags.
decorative Caucasian Kilim
decorative Caucasian Kilim
decorative turkmen rug
decorative turkmen rug
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