|A dominating design|
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Ode on an unornamented floor
Keats: “Oh Arab design of tangled vines and trodden weeds.” I want to move this to my next house.
Byron: Friend Ketch, such carpets are so kitsch.
Keats: That is the difference between us. You describe what you see. I describe what I imagine. Like the carpet, the imagination is full of riches.
Byron: Roll up the carpet I say, simplify your life and throw it away.
Middle Eastern carpets are admittedly ornate, and for some, this may complicate a room. Carpet or rug, call it what you will, it must be proportional to the room. Perhaps Keats’ problem was trying to fit a 3 square meter rug into a 4 square meter room; like a verbose poet, it dominated the floor.