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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Magic carpet ride

I never thought I'd invoke Steppenwolf to describe a necktie, but the jumble of Persian rugs on this Rafaello tie pointed straight to it. Mrs. Veneer and I saw a fascinating exhibit on the history, construction, patterns, and traditions of Anatolian carpets at the Textile Museum (near Dupont Circle in Washington) a few years ago, which is catalogued in this book. Some of the carpets on display were hundreds of years old; the work and craftsmanship that went into them are truly amazing. The floral patterns on this tie are less stylized, but it's a nice kaleidoscope of colors and the variety and complexity of the patterns provide many avenues for the eye to wander through. My favorite contemporary designer of floral rugs is Kim Parker; her designs also grace other home furnishings too, but no ties yet, darn it.

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