THE ANNUAL HANDICRAFTING CARPET FAIR
On May 19th 1961 is the opening date of the first edition of the Mogoro Handicrafting Carpet Fair (Fiera del Tappeto).
Since that year, and for more than 50 years, Mogoro is the first major showcase and promoter of artistic and traditional Sardinian artifacts of undisputed excellence.
This exhibition was established to promote the handicraft of Mogoro, represented by the hard work of the women who made the tissues necessary to the needs of the house, working exclusively on the chassis: the sacks of grain, the canvas for clothing, the saddlebags, the sheets and tablecloths.
With a strong sense of creativity, they even dedicated themselves to weave the beautiful decorative tapestry of Mogoro. Those tapestries with rich romantic harmonies, are embellished by the signs of the tradition that manifests itself in floral arrangements: the rose was a metaphor for femininity; the peony was a symbol of wealth and the tulip was a symbol of perfect love.
But there was a special attention given also to the plant world, such as branches of the grapes, oak and acorns that recall the symbols of fertility, abundance, of immortality, of manhood. As well, there were references to the animal world such as horses and eagles, unicorns and doves, that were considered incarnation of strength and bringing positive messages for life.
Mogoro is also the town of Is Scannajus (the chair makers): in this art, in fact, is enhanced the manual skills of benches stuffed with marsh grasses (sa spadua).
The simplicity of an agro-pastoral society was also mirrored in the houses decor and it was limited to few essential furnishings like the table, the chairs, the “piattiera” (shelf for the dishes). The chest was the only luxury furniture of the house, together with other valuable asset such as the tapestry.
After a while the Carpet Fair was able to open up to the artistic productions of the whole Sardinia: pottery with strong contrasts and somatic surfaces crossed by rapid rhythmic signs; the jewelry with the subtle blending of threads and granules in which you can detect an ethnic style and the sign of the deep culture of the Sardinian people; finally, the craftwork of base metals such as iron, copper and materials such as leather and glass, used in the past to produce the essential items for work and for everyday life, that have now reached a high level of artistic expression.