Re: It looks like but ..... + the picture

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Posted by Marla Mallett on January 03, 1999 at 14:25:28:

In Reply to: It looks like but ..... + the picture posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on January 03, 1999 at 13:09:20:

: Dear Marla,

: Please get a look at this picture of the bottom of a Karapinar Ilme Tulu rug.

: After a wide balanced plain weave ground the warps make a loop around a thick goat hair cord.

: It looks like a "Heading cord" but I think it isn't because it seems that only a part of the warps are used in this process

: Any comments?

: Many thanks

: Daniel Deschuyteneer


VERY interesting to me! It's a heading cord, but a type that I haven't examined. I'll have to think about it...Those weavers were far more inventive than they been given credit for, and we find all kinds of experimental details. Unfortunately it's very difficult to look at a photo and know exactly what the yarns are doing. If you could scan it in any other way, it might help--especially if you could scan the two corners, where the cord started and stopped. You don't have to show a lot of the plain weave.

I have had brocaded cicims from the Karapinar area with heading cords, but unfortunately they've been sold, and so are not available to look at now. When they were here, I didn't bother! It certainly makes sense that weavers should use the same warping procedures for both their tulu and brocaded weavings.

Many thanks!


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