For years I\u2019ve eyed Shekarlu rugs.\nTheir identity is highly evolved and very striking!\nVery rustic in character the rugs are filled with an extravagant number of minor motif\nelements all randomly strewn across the field.\nThis randomness appeals to me because through that lack of order, I see\u00a0the absolute freedom the artist enjoyed!\nBut a moment later when I step back a bit, at another level \u00a0I can also some order and an overall balance in her creation & her universe.\nThe contrast and the combination of chaos and balance is simply irresistible to me!\n***\nShekarlu rugs are a small subset of rugs from the Qashqai tribe of South West Persia. The central medallion that looks like a crab is one of the unique signatures of the Qashqai.\nThe Shekarlu subset have some other unique characteristics.\nMost Shekarlu rugs have the following border:\n\n(These characteristics are usually sufficient but not necessary conditions to identify the origin of the rug. So some may have none of these motifs or medallions and yet be from that group. However, if these signs are present then the attribution is almost always correct)\nAs these were made within the home for self-consumption within homes, \u00a0antique shekarlus are not as abundantly available as workshop rugs.\nAnd account of their rarity and popularity amongst collectors, they are also a bit of a burden on the bank!\nSo for years I just eyed them and waited sighing. Naturally the waiting was not a voluntary choice \u2013 it was forced upon me!\n\n***\nThen one day (awhile ago) along came one that had the most beautiful green medallion!\n\nAnd delicious yellow centre!\nFor one who is already smitten by Qashqai signature motifs in the medallions, the detail inside the golden medallion filled my heart with love and awe!\n\nIf only love could be the currency I\u2019d make it mine.\nIf only!\nAt the auction I made an offer for the amount I could afford \u2013 as a token of worship \u2013 knowing fully well that this rug would attract the attentions of many wealthy suitors.\nBut \u2026something inexplicable happened: my bid won!\nMaybe the others didn\u2019t see the girls in the rug? Maybe it rained that day? Maybe the internet didn\u2019t work?\nMaybe no one saw the story that lies in that change of border at the bottom \u2013 the mystery of that unusual change \u2013 the imagined reasons behind the change \u2013 did the daughter take over \u2013 why\u2026.!\nOr maybe this is beautiful to me alone and nobody else?\nThe last explanation suited me perfectly \u2026\u2026for, the outcome is that this is mine and mine alone to love and cherish \nAnd so now this piece \u2013 this object of my worship \u2013 one that I feel like I\u2019ve waited for for a long long time, is finally home!\n\nHad I known while waiting that this is what I\u2019d be waiting for, I\u2019d have been willing to wait a few more years for it!\nBless the woman or women who created this!\n***\n\n\nJaina Mishra\n\nSingapore\n2017\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nThe post Waiting\u2026. The Antique Shekarlu Qashqai Rug appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.