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Vintage Saharan Mauritanian Tuareg Reed and Leather Square Rug

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The carpets of the Tuareg, who are cattle herding nomads inhabiting a vast expanse of the Sahara desert, are among the most exciting group of weavings to appear on the market. These are woven by binding together fine straw reeds obtained from the panicum turgidum plant with strips of camel leather, the latter being often embellished with light green and yellow pigments in order to enrich the detailing of the pattern. Referred to as eseber by the Tuareg nomads, these large mats are used as tent screens and dividers. In ‘African Nomadic Architecture’ (1995), Labelle Prussin describes these mats as essential ‘to define an interior volume in which the wealth of colour, texture, memory, and meaning that permeates and impregnates the interior of the enclosed space could constitute a closed system of imagery.’ The designs are often based on their iconography, with star and cross-like devices alternating with geometric totemic-like figures of an abstract nature - typical of other forms of African art. This example is representative of the later vintage of Tuareg rugs, woven after the French colonialist period. Here the pattern is composed of a substrate obtained through vertical bands of leather embroidery, creating four compartments each embellished by four diamonds motifs. The 8 x 10 feet format is ideal for living room/sofa area spaces, the rug being in excellent condition and being able to sustain plenty of traffic.
  • Dimensions:
    Width: 98.43 in (250 cm)Length: 122.05 in (310 cm)
  • Style:
    Tribal (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Leather,Reed,Hand-Woven
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    Circa 1970
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Milan, IT
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: Alberto Levi Gallery 060841stDibs: LU954938528992
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