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Posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on July 25, 1999 at 09:21:51:

Dear Wendel and you all,

What an interesting rug !!! Having seen such a rug I will have a nice day, thanks Wendel.

With most respect I would want to add the following commentaries:

1/The Shasavan-like medallions:

Before having seen plate 72 and 74 from Tanavoli's Shasavan book presented here I was not aware of this squarish representation of the medallions spread on the ground field.
Most often they appear as central decorations of diamonds (stepped or not), scattered on the field or organised in a lattice design. The ended protrusions being open horizontally, vertically or in the two directions.

This design is encountered in Shasavan weavings but isn't typical of them.
Kurds of Khorassan, various tribes of North west Persia ( Kurds, Kamseh, Afshar, Lori, Arabs….) also used it. This is the result of the diversity of tribes who mingle in this area. This design in also found in other Turkish groups from Turkey and South-West Persia, peculiarly in Gabbeh rugs.

Tribal Rugs - Housego - plate 142
Tribal Rugs - Brian W. Mac Donald - plate 109 (more probably Herki) - 110 123
Gabbeh - Parviz Tanavoli - plate 38
Kurdish rugs - Eagleton - plate 56 - 66
Bread and Salt Parviz Tanavoli - plate 51 - 74
Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia - James Opie - page 113 - 135 - 139

The design widely spread among Turkish groups our their neighbours isn't really helpful and as you notice the borders are not typically found in Shasavan flat weaves.

The internal medachyl border is common in Caucasian rugs as well as the medallions with the "C" motifs at the bottom of the rug.

The outer border contains elements reminiscent of Turkmen and Luri's weavings.

Other diamonds contain motifs with strong Turkoman antecedents. This may imply that this rug was woven by Turkish rugs but the mingling of the tribes and the influence, each of them, had on the other one render this argument hazardous.

Yellow ground Shirvan are not rare but this colour is more often found in Moghan rugs.
As the handle and the low knot count don't match for South Caucasian Shirvan rugs a more southerly attribution is more probable. The use of camel hair points to North West Persia.
Until now, except for their flat weaves not distinctively structure are known.

2/ Shasavan ?

I think its Mike Tshebull who once wrote that Shasavan didn't woven pile rugs.
This advice wasn't shared by the inhabitants of this area (I think their reactions has been published) and in a recent Gereh's article from ??? ( I have forgotten the author's name and can't find the revue back), the author wrote that if they woven pile rugs it was surely a recent feature.

3/ Studying the type of clothes the human represented on the rug bear would be interesting to form an opinion but they can't be analyse in the picture.

So is this rug Shasavan? Difficult to say but what's sure is that I would really want to have it in my collection.

Best regard's


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