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Old September 4th, 2016, 05:33 PM   #52
Patrick Weiler
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Egbert,

We discussed rugs from the area of northern Mazandaran in post 48, mentioning that Mazandaran is mostly Persian. The Kelardasht rugs are thought to be Kurdish, often using a cotton foundation and single wefting.
Here is what Spongobongo says:
"Kalardasht is in Mazanderan province near Roodbarak. The area has an enclave of Northern Kurds. Northern Kurdish is also called Kurmanji, KurmancÓ, KirmancÓ, KermancÓ, Kurdi, or KurdÓ."
Wikipedia says: "The population is overwhelmingly Mazandarani, with a minority of Azerbaijanis, Georgians, Armenians, Circassians, Turkmen and others."
I assume that "others" includes some Kurds. Burns only mentions Kurmanji as the language and tribal designation, not the region in Mazandaran, and shows no weavings from there in his Kurdish book. Gleaning from the few rugs that show up as Kurmanji, Kelardasht and Mazandaran on an internet search, it does not appear to have supported a substantial rug weaving industry.
Which does mean that something like the little brown bag could easily have been woven there, hiding out surreptitiously amongst the cotton-single-wefted crowd like a wolf in sheeps clothing.

Still searching for a definitive attribution,

Patrick Weiler
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