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Old January 15th, 2019, 10:33 PM   #10
John Carpenter
Join Date: Dec 2018
Posts: 15

Hi Chuck,

Thank you for uour helpful information. The most recent rug you illustrated gives me a better understanding of the way in which late Tekke guls underwent modifications in what I consider a progressive devolution, if you will, toward their detachment from tribal and cultural affiliations toward a more purely commercial use of traditional motifs. I wasn't concerned about the non-existence of examples comparable to my rug, but what those examples might disclose to illustrate the idea I proposed above. You and others may have noticed in the rug that I presented a progressive alteration, mostly out of design considerations, of the minor gul in the first three rows from the bottom. In the first row of half guls, the enclosing diamond has a design of archaic latchhooks in the otherwise typical enclosing diamond. The second row up keeps the gul and diamond but eliminates the latchhooks. From the third row on up, the minor gul is modified to exclude the patches of color on either side of the central motif which are found in nearly all earlier examples of this gul, one more example of an erosion of tradition in late Tekke pieces. The rug you illustrated is useful for showing what a truly crowded field looks like along with a color palette typical of later pieces. When I show two other Tekke pieces, I think they will disclose both some variety and survival of tradition in these small rugs.

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