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New Music Concepts 2020

A Study on the Rug Patterns and Morton Feldman' Approach

Part of the New Music Concepts book series (NMC volume 7)
ISBN: 978-88-944350-3-0

Author(s): A.A. Javadi, M. Fujieda

Abstract: Rug design and music are considered as arts which use symbolic language to express certain concepts with a focus on the idea of unity in multiplicity. Weaving of some Persian rugs is based on a weaver's mind map which might be close to Morton Feldman's musical approach who linked the patterns in his scores to the materiality of Oriental rugs. However, the relationship between them has not been studied in detail. We observed key elements of rug patterns and tried to create an analogy in music. Our studies reveal the relationship between repetition and symmetry in both the pattern of Persian rugs and the Feldman musical approach in his composition.

Keywords: Morton Feldman, Music, Repetition, Rug, Symmetry