Celebration's Rugs

 Four of my rugs have been featured in "Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs" magazine.

I fell in love with the pattern "Geese in Flight" which was created by Danish-born Canadian artist Thor Hansen. I admire the work of the Canadian artists "Group of Seven" and this pattern reminded me of their work. The rug "Geese in Flight" was featured in Celebration XXIV". The size of the rug is 28" x 53", #3-cut wool on burlap.

The rug "Flock of Butterflies" was featured in "Celebration XXV". I designed this rug using the names of butterflies: Gladiator, Tiger Swallowtail, Red Admiral, Atlas Moth, Sericinus Montella, Pearly Malachite, Morpho Anaxibia, Eighty-Eight, and one imaginary. The size of the rug is 31" x 31", #3-cut hand-dyed wool on burlap.

I have wanted to create an Egyptian rug for at least 5 years. I have been to Egypt and studied Egyptian history. The theme of my rug is Ancient Egyptian women and their gods. In the center of the rug, you can see my version of the tomb painting of Nakht, who was an astronomer, scribe, and priest at the time of the reign of Thutmose IV, during the Eighteenth Dynasty, 1397-1387 BC. The tomb of Nakht and his wife, Tawny, is located in the Theban necropolis, which lies on the western side of the Nile valley, opposite modern-day Luxor and the Karnak temple complex. The word of the gods of ancient Egypt is an unending list of names and forms, a mixture of every possible combination of human and animal figures. Every village, city, or region had its own gods and sacred animals. The same god could have several different names and images. The ancient Egyptians believed in the existence of an afterlife. That is why I put the gods that were the most important for every ancient Egyptian: Horus, who represents present existence is on the right and Osiris, on the left side of the rug, helped the ancient Egyptians in the afterlife.  Mut (second left) was a Queen of the goddesses and lady of heaven. She is usually depicted as a woman wearing the double crown plus a royal vulture headdress. Hathor ( second from the right) was a protective goddess. She was also the goddess of love and joy. She is usually depicted as a woman with cow horns. Wadjet, cobra goddess of Upper Egypt and Nekhbet, the vulture-goddess of Lower Egypt were the protective goddesses of the king  (both above the goddesses Mut and Hathor) At the top of the rug, you can see the image of the Scarab. Scarabs were one of the most important symbols in ancient Egypt. The god-scarab represented rebirth after death. Udjat – the eye of Horus. Symbolizes healing and protection. (At both sides of the base with a jackal.) Anubis was the god of embalming and the dead. He is usually depicted as a man with a jackal head or a jackal. Serket (goddess of medicine, magic, and healing venomous stings and bites) helps Anubis. (Represented only in hieroglyphs, inside the base.)  Seker was the Egyptian god of the Memphis necropolis and a funerary god. (Represented only in hieroglyphs at the left of the Jackal.) The rug "Ancient Egypt" was featured in "Celebration 27". The size of the rug is 38" x 54", #3-cut hand-dyed wool on rug warp.

The rug "Four Seasons" featured in "Celebration 28". The rug depicts four seasons: Baltimore Orioles in the summer, woodpeckers on the birches in the fall under the rain, chickadees in the winter, and yellow finches in spring. The motifs on the rug are hooked higher than the background and then each top is clipped to create a relief effect. The size of the rug is 32" x 32", #3-cut hand-dyed wool on linen.