Posted by Yon Bard on July 28, 1999 at 12:57:46:
In Reply to: Re: posted by Wendel Swan on July 27, 1999 at 21:36:07:
: As true nomadic pastoralists, the Shahsavan would have had little need for pile carpets. Pile may be more resistant to abrasion, but it is not as "strong" as some flatweaves, such as extra weft knotted sumak and pile is unnecessarily heavier during the semi-annual migrations. Accordingly, the Shahsavan are best known for their superb flatweaves, especially sumak.
How do you account then for all the pastoral nomads who have produced a great deal of pile rugs?
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