David Schorr: Flying Carpets are a common childhood dream, look into the history of yours
Throughout time children that have grown up with great Persian rugs have similar attachments to the rug. Imagination and history create this bond, eliciting happy memories and a nostalgia for the past. Most notably, the belief that their rugs are magical flying carpets, taking them on adventures past the living room.
At the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, a solo exhibition by David Schorr features drawings depicting flying carpets and childhood toys. See Schorr’s website for more drawings and paintings in his style.
In his latest editions of work, Schorr reflects upon the days spent on his grandmother’s Persian Rugs. A sense of innocence upon history is a recurring theme in his work as he plays with the theme interlacing flying carpets and childhood toys.
The flying carpets by Schorr feature prominent red decor, with gold accents, reminiscent of ancient Persian Serapi Rugs. Ancient legends depicting flying rugs were usually set in the Middle East such as in the legendary tales One Thousand and One Nights. In the story, Prince Husain travels to India to buy a flying carpet, teleporting him to any place he sets his mind to.
From there, stories of flying rugs began showing up, much like Prince Husain’s Indian rug with historically traditional patterns.
Throughout time, flying carpets have made appearances in popular culture, so much so that when children play on rugs and carpets, their imagination takes them flying. Like any important art piece, antique carpets have that effect with years to decades of history, see the oldest rug in the world; their personality and imagination shines through from each person that’s owned it right back to the original weaver.