The Eagleton plate11 and Boralevi rugs

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Posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on December 30, 1998 at 08:00:11:

Dear folks:

After Michael's last message, I thought you would be interested to see two more rugs

Best wishes

Daniel Deschuyteneer

Michael Wendorff said:

As a follow up, I have just gotten off the phone with Mr. Eagleton who confirms that plate 11 of his book is more typical of Sauj Bulagh rugs although the market refers to each by this term.

For those of you who haven't his outstanding book on Kurdish rugs I have added here a picture of plate 11 page 60

Comments of W. Eagleton concerning this rug:
Type Iran- Western mountains
Size 104x32"(256x76cm)
Warps: wool - tan
Weft: 2 shoots, red
Colors: red, dark blue, brown, tan, ivory, white
Sides: wool, overcast
Bottom and top: fringed"

"this old tribal piece fits a recognizable model whose distinguishing feature is the wide border framed by reciprocal red and white "chicken heads". The field is also characteristic with its dark and cluttered but balanced appearance that recalls some Kuba Caucasians. The red wefts fit descriptions of the Sauj Bulaqs…..This piece, with its irregular widths, design changes and inability to wrap the main border around the ends, betrays nomadic or highland village origins…."

Here is a second rug from Alberto Boralevi clearly related with the precedent. It was exhibited at The Antique Textile Art Exhibition, Perugia 1997 and the picture is illustrated in Hali 91 page 44

Comments from Alberto Boralevi
Kurdish rug, northwest Persia, late 19th century
120x241 cm

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