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Old March 24th, 2017, 03:08 AM   #9
Rich Larkin
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 155

Hi Nils,

...could you expound on the "urban Persian workshop" distinction?
Do you have a few decades to spare?

Not really. By "urban Persian workshop [work]," I am talking about rugs from such sources as Tabriz, Kashan, Kerman, Meshhed (a Khorassan type), Qum, Esfahan, Nain, others. Typically, they are relative fine of weave with warps fully depressed, or nearly so, and usually with cotton warps and wefts. (Some would use the term, "commercial," but I think it was the great Murray Eiland, Jr., M. D., who said, "All rugs are commercial.") They tend to employ classical design layouts or ones derived from classical models. Very often, they are woven from cartoons, i. e., graph paper with the principal design elements colored into the squares according to the proper sequence of the knots. The weavers follow the cartoons the way a musician follows a musical score. The result is often relatively precise execution of designs.

I hope that description is adequate in light of your present experience and knowledge. Contrasted with "urban Persian" might be more rural or rustic production from village venues, or among nomadic breeders of sheep and goats...the notion of "tribal" comes to mind. Such rugs often have a more casual approach to precision of execution and final design.

These are generalizations, of course.

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