At first glance, this carpet square, nestled between the four utilitarian walls of an unadorned Gate 2 at #PGD Punta Gorda Airport, may appear merely rational in form and a even little dull in its function. A purely economic flooring decision based on foot-traffic data, and deferred maintenance projections. But if you look deeper and follow the haphazard patterns, through the looping fibers, beyond the polyester matrix of its substrate, what you’ll see is a 12 x 12 glimpse into a rich heritage and tradition dating back to the Paleolithic era.
Along the Barbary Cost of Northwest Africa, in countries like Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria, remain the traditions of an indigenous tribe who’s legacy reflects one of reliability and strength. The handwoven, looping fibers in their cloaks and rugs are more than a staple of the culture, but as legacy to a practice hailing from before the silk road.
We seek similar qualities in each other as we traverse the sometimes beautiful, yet more-often clinical walls and halls of the world, during these short slivers of time we call life. It doesn’t have to be so dull. The potential for adornment and intricate, lavish design is none the less diminished by the ruggedness of build, or from the millions of hard miles tread upon by countless others.
Let’s look inwards today, towards what makes those we care for who they are at their core and composition, and together, weave our own design. Let us remember the Berber tribe and allow their tradition to serve us as inspiration beyond just a square of carpet.
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