Re: A Few Structural Questions

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Posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on December 30, 1998 at 15:48:44:

In Reply to: A Few Structural Questions posted by Marla Mallett on December 29, 1998 at 19:44:46:

Dear Marla,

It's a great honor for me and for all the participants on this board to have the opportunity to share our thoughts with you, and a new very knowledgeable participant like William Eagleton.

I am a newcomer in the rug world and I am not as knowledgeable as you think. I began to study this form of art only three years ago. When I accepted the responsibility of being a host, my purpose was to try to introduce interesting discussions. I am here to learn and not to teach. Other experts on this board will surely add more interesting comments then mine.

Until now I haven't had the chance to read your book, but I will do it soon. I already have read Emery's book.

I agree with you that technical and structural data is relevant to questions of provenance and it's what make your intervention so interesting.

Without knowing that you discovered that wefts crossed between sheds within west Persian village and nomad rugs you examined, I, and probably a lot of us, would surely never have given attention to this technical detail.

I would be very pleased and it would be very helpful if you could add a picture illustrating this feature.

As I had a Kurdish rug from uncertain origin at home I have made direct scan of parts of the back and of the ends finishing.

Would you agree to comment them? 

LINK1 = back of the rug

LINK2 = braided ends finishing

This rug as many Kurdish rugs was surely woven on an horizontal loom. This explains his crude construction and the use of gradations in the weft density and wedge like inserts to counteract irregular weaving.

I apologize if I am wrong that these pictures illustrate some of the technical details you are speaking about.

Discussing this pictures will help us to acquire a better understanding of structural particularities of weaving that are so interesting, at least for me.

Best wishes and hoping to see you more often on this board.

Daniel Deschuyteneer

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