Textiles from the Atlas Mountains

30th of September 2016 through 9th of November 2016
The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

After having been invited to do an exhibition on 'boucherouite' rag rugs from Morocco in late 2010/early 2011 + another exhibition on Mbuti loin cloths from the Congo in summer 2012 this is the third time that I had the honour of exhibiting at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, a very well respected institution in the field of contemporary art.

'Before the 20th century there was little commercial demand for Berber textiles outside of Morocco, and they were mostly made by women for domestic use, as bedding or blankets. Variations in style across different ethnic groups can often be attributed to practical concerns such as the climate. In the Middle Atlas, for example, a mountainous region with extreme conditions, weavers tend towards the warmth of high pile carpets. In more clement areas, one finds a fine weave and low pile. Generally, the designs are striking and simple, with patterns or symbols floating on a white or cream ground.'
(introduction text: Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2016)

The collection of textile objects from the Middle Atlas, High Atlas + the Anti-Atlas has been built over the past 3 decades. The 6 selected examples show a surprising similarity of the creative spirit between the pieces from the early 20th century (the large Beni Ouarain carpet + the Ait Abdellah women's veil) + the almost contemporary ones from the High Atlas.


more information:
http://www.douglashydegallery.com / Textiles from the Atlas Mountains

 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: main exhibition hall
 
 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: exhibition hall
 
 
the Douglas Hyde gallery, Dublin, Ireland: staircase
 
 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: exhibition space 'gallery 2'
 
 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: 'Textiles from the Atlas Mountains', 3 rugs from Azilal, central High Atlas + a small saddle rug from the central Middle Atlas
3 rugs from Azilal, central High Atlas + a small saddle rug from the central Middle Atlas
 
 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: 'Textiles from the Atlas Mountains', a seemingly 'figurative' rug from Azilal (center), central High Atlas, a small saddle rug from the central Middle Atlas (right) + a highly rare women's veil from Ait Abdellah in the Anti-Atlas
a seemingly 'figurative' rug from Azilal (center), central High Atlas, a small saddle rug from the central Middle Atlas (right) + a highly rare women's veil from Ait Abdellah in the Anti-Atlas
 
 
highly rare women's veil from Ait Abdellah in the Anti-Atlas, 155 x 85 cm / 5' 2'' X 2' 10''
highly rare women's veil from Ait Abdellah in the Anti-Atlas, 155 x 85 cm / 5' 2'' X 2' 10''
 
 
the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland: 'Textiles from the Atlas Mountains', Beni Ouarain sleeping rug from the first half / mid 20th century with very exceptional drawing
Beni Ouarain sleeping rug, the first half / mid 20th century with very exceptional drawing

 


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