Re: How We Know What We Know?

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Posted by Wendel Swan on February 17, 1999 at 09:00:08:

In Reply to: How We Know What We Know? posted by R John Howe on February 16, 1999 at 18:29:22:

In my original posting I suggested that we might learn more about Rug #1 through someone who had considerable experience in the trade. Actually, I was thinking of Harold Keshishian. He obviously read my posting and sent this message to me:

"Excellent Wendel you are on the money in regards to number 1 rug. The rug is probably a Stambul or Keyseri piece or even a refugee atelier production. Many such rugs were woven in the first part of the 20th century. H.M. Keshishian"

I then did what I perhaps should have done before making my posting: I went to Turkish Carpets by J. Iten-Maritz, which illustrates many 19th and 20th Century carpets from throughout Turkey.

Among them are the rugs of Kayseri (in Central Anatolia - east and slightly north of Konya), which the author says have a long tradition of copying Persian (particularly Tabriz) carpets.

You will also find rugs attributed to other villages within Central Anatolia that have a color palatte strikingly similar to that of Rug #1. Not all are, of course, but there are several illustrated.


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