We undertook an extensive archiving project of Mr. Hersberger’s unique Carpet Collection. The archiving consisted of digitalizing the systematics in excel files, inventory and high-resolution studio photography. Until end of July, this archive will be accessible to the public to browse for the first time. Some of the pieces will be available for sale in store or in the newly launched online gallery.
Mr. Hersberger, now 87 years old, is a Swiss collector and expert in Moroccan and Oriental carpets, acclaimed Joseph V. McMullan award prize winner and author of “Teppich Bilder” and “Berber Tribal Carpets and Weavings from Morocco”. Since the 40’s Mr. Hersberger collected carpets with particular interest in those, that were not manufactured according to template, but which were unique, made for private use and which often held strong symbolic or personal meaning within the design. Therefore every carpet of this rare collection is a record of lives, narratives rendering them to be a distinct form of diaries of the craft people of Morocco, Iran, Tibet, Uzbekistan, western China the Caucasus and Asian steppe.
«As an interior designer, graphic designer and owner of a furniture store, I appreciate nomad and peasant carpets, which were individually created for the weavers’ own use. They are extremely valuable both in practical and artistic sense. They give character to our living space which otherwise contains almost exclusively mass produced furnishings, among them handmade carpets that have been produced in workshops based on a template. Nomad carpets are not simply ‘goods’, but evidence of a culture which is increasingly being displaced by modern technology and civilization.»
Richard Hersberger, 1991 «Berber Tribal Carpets and Weavings from Morocco», p. 6.
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