Posted by Michael Wendorf on December 09, 1998 at 11:32:37:
In Reply to: New Day, New Image posted by R. John Howe on December 08, 1998 at 23:20:13:
: Dear folks -
: >Since the image yesterday produced some useful comment, I'm encouraged to post another image from Taher Sabahi's article on Tulus in his magazine
: >Ghereh. This one is on page 48 of Issue 14.
: >This one is for me a nice simple example of the effective use of negative space.
: >The caption says: "Concentric niches are a very common motif on kilims. This motif has distant origins and is full of meaning. Here the weavers have had some doubts about their sized with the result that the niches are somewhat irregular." 152 x 75 cm (4'11" x 2'5")
: John Howe
John: thank you for posting this starkly beautiful and inspiring rug photo. The design seems closely aligned to a highly regarded group of rugs usually associated with karapinar (?) and usually, but not always, containing seven stepped mihrabs. E. Herrmann published several examples over the years. I think another is in either the Atlantic or Pacific collections books published in connection with the ICOCs in Philadelphia and San Francisco. I even recall that our friend Saul had one pass through his hands 8-10 years ago. As one might suspect, in the typical rug the ground is camel colored but the mihrabs are multicolored. Often there is a floral devise used to anchor the mihrab.
On a related issue, did not Turkotek post several photos of primitive rugs in its review of last years Textile Museum conference?
Regards, Michael Wendorf
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