Re: Salatchak?

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Posted by Pat Weiler on November 26, 1998 at 14:27:07:

In Reply to: Salatchak? posted by Marvin on November 25, 1998 at 11:18:02:

: When Wendel was researching this piece, he aslo asked me if I had seen such a flat woven salatachak since I had seen this piece in Toronto also(and still am attempting to acquire it). Obviously I had not, but since I own a pile piece, I had researched all the published pieces as far as construction and weave is concerned. Unfortunately it shed no light on this flatwoven piece, which aside from its shape - SUGGESTING that it might be a salatchek - might, in fact be something else. Nonetheless it is a fine, unusual and interesting weaving - something a collector wishes to acquire. Regards, Marvin

Ayatlyk is a term used to describe a burial or funeral rug. See Oriental Rugs From Atlantic Collections, p. 126, plate 135.
They were made to cover the dead during the funeral ritual and left on the graves. They were then passed over to cemetery mosques. This may explain the good condition and lack of "baby stains".
The Ayatlyk in this book is 87x127 cm.

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