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Wool warp, natural white and hand-dyed wool weft
32 by 72 inches, $1,950
Weaving is a technology for imposing order on the inherent irregularity of nature. Only by close attention to orderliness can the weaver create a durable, functional fabric. Yet, as the philosopher Karl Popper said, life is not a clock, it is a cloud: Like a cloud, life is highly irregular, disorderly, and more or less unpredictable. Clouds, crafted and carried by an infinity of currents, have inscrutable wills, they seethe and tumble in the air and are a little different with every moment in time. Thus the floating rectangles in this rug, permanently fixed in the intersections of warp and weft, yet reenact an endless negotiation between shifting substance and ever-changing environment.
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