Re: A Simple Lattice, Maybe

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Posted by Pat Weiler on December 10, 1998 at 08:43:48:

In Reply to: A Simple Lattice, Maybe posted by R. John Howe on December 10, 1998 at 04:55:24:

: Dear folks -

: (I neglected to send the next Ghereh image I want to share to Larry Joseph, last night but I'll write the image URL below and perhaps, since he should have it now, Larry can save me.)

: On page 51 of Taher Sabahi's article on tulus, which I have been "mining" graphically for your pleasure is a simple lattice design that is a very good example of the effective use of a narrow color palette to enhance a simple design. Another simple rug that's not "simple." I am haunted by yesterday's ghostly image but I would like to own this one too.

: This time the caption says: "This is another simple lattice design, rendered attractive as a result of the myriad tonalities into which the original bright red of the field has been transformed. There is no border as such, and the lattice stops a short distance from the selvedges. A snake image can be seen at the bottom. 136 x84 cm (4'6" x 2'9")

: Hope it works,or if it doesn't that Larry can save me.

: John Howe

John, this is a very attractive, yet deceptively simple, rug.

OK Class, everyone read Gantzhorn, The Christian Oriental Carpet, or it's new, subtly retitled second edition, The Oriental Carpet.

Therein you will find an exhaustively researched (if not always accurately analysed) and comprehensive tome on the design history of similar lattices.
Gantzhorn insists they are of Armenian origin.
Eiland, Murray, in Oriental Rugs, discusses this simplified lattice design as the basis for Turkoman guls (gols).
The Eiland question is did the design transfer from sedentary Turkoman tribes in Central Asia, or migrate from the (Turk) Seljuk, Konya area of the early 13th century.
Eiland has a new Full Color (I would describe the illustrations as having been Opie-ated) edition of his seminal book Available Now At Finer Bookstores.

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