Middleamudaryanwpturkey by horse
This first ivory ground rug belongs to Erik Risman, who believes it is
probably from Middle Amu Darya (what isn’t these days?) but some of the
panelists gave it a generic Central Asian attribution. Erik is doing some very
good work in trying to group pieces with MAD, but it’s a daunting
This set of khorjin faces were generally thought to be Northwest Persian, but something in the foundation that survived at least two thorough washings makes the handle misleading. The leaf and stem motif is similar to that seen in the MAD rug.
The simple borders are certainly uncommon, but the colors bespeak a NWP origin. As does the glossy wool.
This purpose of this oddly shaped Turkish pile weaving stumped all of us. It has no back and the tassles may have been original.
We had the most fun with what I think it an extremely rare saddle rug set from the Malayer area in Persia. The drawing and execution of the pieces were so good that one cannot believe that the weaver made so many gross errors if she had been trying to create a mafrash.
The first of the units I showed was one of the things that is shaped just like a salt bag, but too large to be one. The striped section under the necks of the “salt bags” is all pile.
The owner believes this 42 foot long tent band to be Uzbek, but some thought it to be Kazak. The best estimates were that it could be about 100 years old. The foundation is cotton and the colors were all thought to be natural.
It presented quite an image stretched around the room.
i was wondering what your conclusions were regarding your fine set of khorjins seen here.
you said -
"This set of khorjin faces were generally thought to be Northwest Persian, but something in the foundation that survived at least two thorough washings makes the handle misleading.The leaf and stem motif is similar to that seen in the MAD rug"
do you think they are NWP? azerbaijan? somewhere else?
would you call them "shahsavan"?