Re: Physical characteristics of old rugs

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Posted by Tom Cole on July 01, 1999 at 12:14:08:

In Reply to: Physical characteristics of old rugs posted by Yon Bard on July 01, 1999 at 08:38:51:

: Some contributors have mentioned that very old Turkmen, and perhaps other tribals, have a special feel to them, as well as distinguishable physical characteristics of the fibers that are visible in the microscope. I wonder whether the same characteristics distinguish the 'old' from the 'new' in rugs from other areas that have a known continuum of production, such as Anatolia? If so, what is the time boundary between the old and the new, and what are the causes of the difference? Is it the aging process, or is it changes in the materials or techniques used?

: Regards, Yon

I have heard that older rugs are actually physically heavier in weight. Detlef Maltzahn confirmed this when he told me fake Caucasian rugs hitting the market are lighter by approx. 4 kg on the average than an old piece. Why this is so? Not sure but obviously materials in addition to encrusted dirt and dust may have something to do with it.

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