Re: Elena's Khali Cover Rug

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Posted by Marvin Amstey on July 05, 1999 at 20:23:12:

In Reply to: Elena's Khali Cover Rug posted by R. John Howe on July 05, 1999 at 18:31:40:

: Dear folks -

: I share Harry's admiration for this little rug. I especially like how the weaver has used color to create an asymmetric effect despite a largely (the design is also two and a fraction guls long on the warp length) symmetrical graphic design.

: It's rug I've been tempted to ask Chris Walters to have his Ersaris copy for me.

: One small correction. Harry meant "knots per decimeter" rather than "KPSI." Dividing 728 KPSD by 15.5 tells us that this piece has a KPSI of about 46. That's fairly coarse for an Ersari, which tend to average 50-70 KPSI.

: Regards,

: R. John Howe

Dear John, Harry, et al.
I respectfully disagree with you about the cover rug on Tzareva's book. At first I admired it - even coveted it - until more careful appreciation revealed too many things I disliked. The field has four very crowded, stylized gulli guls- Tmerjin saryk gul combos; the border is a very crowded stylization of Beshir design. To me the design is unsatisfactory, but the color combos look OK. The end finishes do not look like Ersari weaving to my eye. Could this rug be an Uzbek, or more generally, a middle Amu Darya commercial weaving?

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