Posted by Michael Wendorf on August 10, 1999 at 20:07:57:
In Reply to: Re: rug 3 posted by Daniel Deschuyteneer on August 10, 1999 at 16:00:51:
: Dear Michael and you all,
: This rug has a clear Kurdish pedigree and I think the clue in attribution is the zig zag border as well as the colours and peculiarly the tomato red.
: Most of the rugs I have seen with this zig zag border were labeled Khurassan Kurds or sometimes Qazvin where there is a Kurdidh enclave.
: The khorassan attribution is reinforced by the fact that the same borders were used by their Baluch neighboors.
The zig zag border is commonly employed by Kurdish weavers in a number of areas and I noted this when I reviewed your comments in the Salon. The reason I did not dwell on it is that it also is employed throughout the Caucasus in the 19th and early 2oth centuries. I do not feel as comfortable with your Khorasan attribution as you are, but you could be correct. I think it is also possible that this rug comes from a variety of other areas as other have noted. For me, the ties to the so-called Holbein tradition are more interesting than guessing as to an attribution.
Thank you, Michael W.
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