Improvement Symbols & Objects

Joan Silber
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Kiki's Rugs

Kiki's Turkish rugs represent her past life in Turkey. They speak to the ten years she spent with Osman, before she came back to New York City. The rugs were also a gift from Osman to Kiki. Even though their relationship eventually dissolved, the rugs are a memento of their time together and the precious connection they once shared.

For Reyna, Kiki's niece, the rugs represent a life of adventure, of travel, of possibility. Even though she herself does not want to go to Turkey, she admires her aunt's carpets for what they represent: a woman who is not afraid to venture off the beaten path. Kiki and Reyna are both women who chose adventure, to some degree, over a more "normal" life. For Kiki, that comes in the form of traveling to Turkey, and for Reyna, through Boyd and his criminal pursuits.

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