Re: Wool quality in illustrated rugs

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Posted by Michael Wendorf on December 29, 1998 at 11:31:18:

In Reply to: Wool quality in illustrated rugs posted by Marvin Amstey on December 27, 1998 at 12:39:05:

: Dear Daniel,
: Excellent presentation!

: I am familiar with a "proto-Kurd" rug in a local collection in my town with the identical color combinations, some of the palmette-like designs which you illustrate and some of the design elements in the Dodd's rug. Our local collector's rug has the silkiest, shiniest wool I have ever seen. One must look carefully to convince oneself that this is not silk since the light reflection is so intense. One other characteristic of this rug is the servere brown corrosion. Do the rugs which you illustrate also have this superb wool quality and brown corroision?

: While i have seen a number of rugs with the appellation "Sauj Bulak", most of these are runners with good wool, but nothing like the rug about which I'm asking. This brings up my last question: what are the characteristics that make your choices Sauj Bulak?

: Regards, Marvin

Hello Marvin:
Assuming you still live in Rochester, I have heard about this rug from some others but never seen it. Is it possible to obtain and post a photo of it. Does it have a corrosive ground? There seems to be a group of Kurdish rugs, the design I know of is shrubs in a blue lattice on a coral ground, with this type of wool, i.e., almost too glossy. But they do not have red wefts. I would love to see a photo of the rug you refer to.
Thank you, Michael

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