Image to brighten your day

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Posted by R. John Howe on December 08, 1998 at 14:28:34:

Dear folks -

Here to brighten your day is a image from Taher Sabahi's Ghereh, 14, article on Tulus.

This one's long enough for anyone of any height to actually sleep on. The caption says: "The large elongated format of this tulu (filikli) is perfectly suited to the tents of the Anatolian nomads. It has a deep robust pile decorated with the most classical of amulets: concentric squares." 410 x 137 cm (13'6" x 4'6")

Someone has said that the concentric squares (that also appear on the Central Asian julkhyrs) indicate man's place in the universe.

It would be interesting to hear someone like Saul, who has actually seen them used, describe how the short versions are used while sleeping. Does one lay on them and if so do the feet "hang off?" Or are two used together to provide for a person's entire torso? Or do they serve as blankets? Sabahi suggests that they are used as ground coverings on top of layers of felt. Or on couches.


John Howe

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