46" x 73", commissioned by the architect Andrea Pacciani
for his shop in Parma Italy (www.andreapacciani.com).
This carpet was woven in Kutahaya by Sultan Faki. and completed in
November of 2008.
The Chintamani designs
are part of the white ground group,
sometimes called "Selendi", after the town near Ushak
where it is believed they were originally crafted.
The pattern has been sometimes referenced as "leopard", although it is
much more likely based on Buddhist iconography. Although
we have been largely inspired by the design of a rug in Shigisoara
(see next page) we
have also felt free to "correct" some of the weavers decisions.
Our field of the Chintamani "pearls" is slightly more regular, as is the
entire configuration of the carpet, without becoming stiff.
This pattern has a wonderful quality, as it is simultaneously
feels archaic and modern.