Re: Tulu or not Tulu

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Posted by Marvin Amstey on December 08, 1998 at 07:47:23:

In Reply to: Tulu or not Tulu posted by saul yale barodofsky on December 07, 1998 at 16:39:17:

: Dear Steve,

: many thanks for offering your tulus for comment.

: So, here are a couple of comments:
: 1. these are sometimes called "hospitality" rugs in Konya region - they are also made in Obruk village (in addition to Karapinar).
: I have been offered them to sit on when I visited village homes. I was also told that they were used as childrens blankets. Seems that like all other nomadic/village weavings they have more than one purpose.

: 2. They are often confused with Baddanni - the Kurdish long sleeping carpets from S.E. Turkey - Adiaman region. However they are very dis-similar. The Baddani have long unspun sheeps wool and this group of Tulus use Angora (Mohair) also long and unspun, on wool.

: 3. The pictures show just one of the many groups of Tulus - all from Konya region.

: 4. The first book to be published on Tulus was by George O'Bannon - TULU: Traditional 20th Century Pelt - Like Rugs from Central Anatolia (1987). George still has a few left if anyone is interested. This was an exhibition catalogue - the information is still interesting. There were two exhibitions. One at Georges gallery in Philadelphia, and the other at our gallery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

: 5. Forgive my correction, but if one is referring to the TULU Saddle Cover in the Arizona Collections book, the saddle cover is not a Tulu, even though it does have some Angora-Mohair felted into the back of the saddle cover. Seems it takes "more than Angora to a Tulu make."

: all best saul

:Thanks for the info, Saul. I had referred to the Arizona saddle decoration since O'Bannon had catalogued it as Tula. Marvin

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