Posted by Jerry Silverman on April 27, 1999 at 17:19:41:
In Reply to: Re: NW Persian-Caucasian "Mafrash" the Anomaly? posted by Wendel Swan on April 27, 1999 at 15:28:29:
: Dear all,
: I have recently seen pictures of East Anatolian nomads using large mafrash, in pairs. They were not, I believe, Kurds. I may have seen some Kurdish mafrash as well, but of low quality and paid no attention to them. Given the ancient connection between the Shahsavan and some of the Kurds, it wouldn't be surprising to find Kurdish mafrash.
I have one of those mafrash which could be Kurdish. It's sumak-woven on four sides. As for it being "low quality," well, maybe it's not up to Wendel's standards; but having seen some of Wendel's collection, even a reasonably "good quality" mafrash probably wouldn't make his cut. Suffice it to say, it's very similar to its Shahsavan cousins - but not nearly as finely woven.
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