What about some other matters?

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Posted by Steve Price on May 01, 1999 at 07:03:59:

Dear Folks,

We've had some interesting conjectures and observations about the differences between Turkmen and NW Persian tribes in the use of box-like bags and salt bags, and even about how the relative weights of the pile and flatweave techniques may have led the two groups in different directions in terms of technique preference.

But we haven't yet touched on some of the other differences between them. For example, the NW Persians used cotton whites, this is rather unusual among the Turkmen (except for the Saryk). Does this reflect different levels of contact with settled (I still find the term "sedentary" a bit jarring) people?

What about the palette? Is there any significance to the Turkmen palette being so dominated by derivatives of madder?

The layout? The Turkmen use of borders as a window to an infinitely repeating field, the undecorated area around the borders, the elem. Do these tell us anything?

Steve Price

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