Patterns in traditional, hand-woven Oriental carpets are never quite what you expect – a surprise here, a flourish there, a change of color, the flip or rotation of a design where you might not expect it. The more you look, the more variations you will find. These patterns tease the mind as they please the eye. What is it that weavers have done to make these patterns so captivating?
In this illustrated lecture we will explore different ways of looking at Oriental carpets to arrive at an understanding of how artisans and designers can play with symmetry, asymmetry, and symmetry-breaking to achieve a deeply satisfying aesthetic. In the case of Oriental carpets, it is an aesthetic that has crossed cultural boundaries over centuries.
February 15, 2014 1:00-2:00PM
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Free public lecture sponsored by the Santa Cruz Handweavers Guild
Center for Islamic Studies
Graduate Theological Union
Berkeley, CA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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