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Old April 13th, 2011, 11:19 AM   #19
Filiberto Boncompagni
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cyprus
Posts: 92

Hi Pierre,
«...Tabarasan call this design «Juhud» (Jewish), Lezgis of the Kuragh region call it «Karabagk khanch» (Karabagk crest) and Lezgis of the Akhti region call it «Ermeni» (Armenian)....».
I think this quote is important because it reflects popular (in the sense of vox populi ) appellations and, for once, it doesn’t imply the usual attempt to appropriate textile items to their own ethnical group. But how we sort it out?

In my opinion I would give more credit to the “Armenian” and “Karabagh crest” (hence with strong Armenian possibility) denominations for the following reasons:
First, Lesghis are the primary makers of those large Sumaks. So they should know better than the others.
Second, the “Jewish” attribution could have ben mistakenly originated by the similarity of those devices with the Star of David.


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