"Inter-locked" Tapestry: Significant?

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Posted by R. John Howe on November 29, 1998 at 15:38:17:

Dear folks -

It may be that most of us know what Wendel referred to n his original intro to this discussion when he ndicated that the weaved used to create this alatchak is "inter-locked tapestry."

Marla Mallett has provided a wonderful set of drawings (of her own) for the various weaves that she treats in her new book "Woven Structures: A Guide to Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis," Marla Mallett: Textiles, 1998, pp.188. On page 80 she provides drawings of two different versions of inter-locked tapestry weave. She labels them "single" and "double" and describes them technically. I won't do that here but instead here are the two drawings.

Single inter-locked first.

You can examine the differences in these two structures in the drawings. Marla says one thing about double inter-locked tapestry that might be relevant to our attribution efforts with this salatchak. She says :

"' Double-interlocked tapestery' is woven sequentially also, with every yarn interlocked on every row at every pattern juncture. This produces definite ridges on the back side-the side facing the weaver. The front has a smooth even surface with neat color divisions between pattern areas. The structure has been used primarily by Baktiari Lurs in western Iran...and by Uzbek weavers. It has been reported in Lor and Lak weavings from the southwestern part of Kirman province."

So, Wendel, can you remember or can you ask? Did this little piece have these ridges on the back? Just a thought.


John Howe

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