The so-called “bird rugs” of the Khamseh Confederation and the Qashqa'i are among the most charming and colorful of figurative rugs of the Southwest Persian tribes. Their rows and columns of birds, and all kinds of other animals including human figures, have been made in an infinite array of combinations and colors, with a large variety of border motifs.
Over many years, Buenos Aires collector Abel Trybiarz has quietly built a previously unknown collection of bird and animal rugs that has, at its heart, a superb selection of antique knotted-pile rugs, woven by the nomadic tribes of the Khamseh Confederation in southwestern Iran during the 19th century. Featured in his collection are a number of related weavings made by neighboring southern Persian nomadic tribes such as the Qashqa’i and the Afshar.
Trybiarz' talk will survey his collection, and the bird and animal motifs in the rugs of the different Khamseh tribes, including the Arab and Qashqa'i language groups, and discuss their identifying characteristics. He will explain his passion for these stunning weavings, and offer an interesting individual take on the psychology of collecting, how and why he acquired what he has, informed by his perspective as a successful architect, sculptor, draftsman and painter in the Argentinian capital, from where he will present this live Zoom program.