Re: Khamseh drawing room

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Posted by Pat Weiler on November 15, 1998 at 23:44:59:

In Reply to: Khamseh drawing room posted by Wendel Swan on November 15, 1998 at 20:38:40:

: Without the opportunity to examine the rug, I couldn't comment on its possible tactile qualities, but the color saturation and the juxtaposition of colors is excellent. I can imagine that it has a marvelous handle. (My monitor is full of finger prints trying to test this notion; it hasn't worked yet.)

: Having just picked the rug to pieces with these critical statements, I find the color saturation, transition and range to be quite appealing. This charm nearly overcomes its lack of "pedigree." A fragment of it would probably satisfy me as much as the whole.

: Wendel

The newest improvement in computers is the ability to make the screen from a piece of flexible plastic. I suppose it is just a matter of time before your screen will be something you can hold, and the software will transmit the feel of the rug to you.
This rug has a similar border to one in Woven Gardens,David Black, plate 16. It is suggested as being Khamseh, woven east of Shiraz, possibly by a Kerman tribe (due to the boteh field).
The Kamseh rug From Opie, Tribal Rugs, page 196, plate 11.6 has a similar border and border stripes.
Daniels dowry piece suggestion may explain the lack of sophistication within the well developed design tradition of the area. Being woven by a relatively young weaver, with the finest of wools and dyes available, would explain the wonderful colors and the naivete.

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