I found these amazing hand-woven rugs by Kea Carpet and Kilims today on Facebook. They just took my breath away. I love the uneven selvages, the lack of symmetry and the general sense of freedom in the design. They really don't strive the be anything. To me they are perfect. I just warped up my loom to make some rugs and now that I've seen these my design ideas have been thrown right our the window. Back a square one (happily). Their sense of both design and colour remind me of the quilts of Gee's Bend (bellow). In the same way they are imperfect yet flawless. I am also reminded of how the Navajo purposefully create imperfections in their woven rugs, always in the corner which is where the spirit moves in and out of the rug.
Here's a quote that really speaks to letting go of expectations and embracing imperfection. Ideas I tend to meditate on and try to live by.
Perfection is not the elimination of imperfection. that's our Western either/or, need-to-control thinking. Perfection, rather, is the ability to incorporate imperfection! There's no other way to live: You either incorporate imperfection, or you fall into denial. That's how the Spirit moves in or out of our lives.
From Breathing Under Water:Spirituality and the 12 Steps