Current Location:
Bike Factory -> 2nd Floor (BIK)
Location Notes:
BIK; 2nd Floor; East Corner near Stairwell

Bedouin Rug Fragment

Artwork
Identifier:
2008.519.1
Artist:
Bedouin Artisan
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Hand-spun Wool
Date:
circa 2005
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 18 in Width: 24 in
Description:
Rug fragment, woven with various diamond pattern in brown, black and red. There is off-white stiching around all 4 edges.
Historical Context:
The Bedouin, from the Arabic "badaw," are predominantly Muslim, desert-dwelling Arab nomadic pastoralist found throughout most of the desert belt extending from the Atlantic coast of the Sahara to the Arabian Desert. Their numbers have been decreasing consistently since the late 19th century. Bedouin weaving was a woman’s traditional task and considered a craft central to Bedouin heritage. Woven products included saddle-bags for camels and donkeys as well as rugs and decorative walls within their tents and sheiks in the desert. A range of colors within the weavings, including red, greens, blacks, blues and yellows, are used to create a wide range of stripes and geometric patterns.