Inspired by a geometric quilt by Mary Lee Bendolph (African American, b. 1935), this gorgeous hand-made wool rug makes a beautiful addition to your home or office.
Ms. Bendolph, a quilter with the Gee's Bend group of quilt-makers, was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts for her contributions to art in America.
The women of Gee’s Bend—a small, remote, Black community in Alabama, have created hundreds of quilt masterpieces dating from the early twentieth century to the present. Resembling an inland island, Gee’s Bend is surrounded on three sides by the Alabama River. Some seven hundred or so inhabitants of this small, rural community are mostly descendants of slaves, and for generations, they worked the fields belonging to the local Pettway plantation. Enlivened by a visual imagination that extends the expressive boundaries of the quilt genre, these astounding creations constitute a crucial chapter in the history of American art.
Bold geometric shapes, dramatic shifts in scale and color, and an improvisational approach to the way the fabrics are assembled produce abstract compositions more akin to the rhythms of jazz and African art than to the order and repetitiousness of many traditional American quilts.
Material: Hand-tufted New Zealand wool rug.
Measures 6' x 6'.
Made in India.
This special order item takes from 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.