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Subject  :  A Few Slightly Different "Firsts"
Author  :  John Howe
Date  :  01-18-2000 on 08:37 a.m.
rjhowe@erols.com Jerry has given us a little wiggle rug in his topic here but I think I need to wiggle even a little further. While our children were still at home we furnished with Danish modern, plants and macrame. There was an abstract rya rug but it was just an unthinking extension of the Danish decor. After we had lived in Washington, D.C. awhile, we decided that perhaps we were real Washingtonians (in fact, a relative rarity, in this town) and decided to refurnish with "antiques." We bought a few books on antique furniture and then a few pieces. Once the furniture began to change, it was a natural step to begin to look at and for rugs that "went" with our "new" older furniture. This brought us, of course, to oriental rugs and the first piece we bought is likely among those most frequently made for and sold in the U.S., a 8'X10' blue-ground Indo-Bijar with a herati pattern. We no longer have this rug and have no pictures of it, but I suspect none are needed by most of us. I can let you see its current replacement from Chris Walter's production, several rugs later. (The question of what we all have on the floor at the moment is a question potentially almost as interesting as the one Jerry has selected here. It was asked on RugNotes in the past year and produced interesting results.) As I said, allowing myself little additional wiggle room I can indicate some other slightly different personal "firsts." I buy a few new rugs for sale from Chris Walter's Cultural Survival project in Pakistan, in which Afghan Ersari weavers are using hand spun wools, vegetal dyes and mostly traditional Ersari Turkmen designs. Here is my wife, Jo Ann, indicating her approval of the first such rug I bought from Chris. It sold quickly. Here is the first piece I bought at a flea market after I had begun to collect. It is a complete bag with pile on both sides. It is Central Asian and single-wefted and therefore most likely Kirghiz. Jim Blackmon (who had one in his salon when I visited) told me that this format is fairly rare now. I bought it in the large, well-known Pennsylvania flea market: "Black Angus" in Adamstown. It is, by accident, a "published" piece. Someone in ORR decided to use it as their header image in their report on a Textile Museum Rug Convention the theme of which was "What Is a "Tribal" Rug? I had taken it to the convention show and tell. I still own this piece. This is the first rug I bought at a Washington, D.C. flea market after I had begun to collect. I had admired the Borchalou Kazak that graces the cover of earlier editions of Murray Eiland's "Comprehensive Guide." This one is dated (1896) but lacks for me one feature that I associate with aesthetically more successful instances of drawing: the portion of the field with the arch touches the borders. I like to the arch-topped portion of the field to "float" a little more by being separated from the sides, top and bottom all around. I sold this rug to a N.Y. dealer at a small profit and incurred not a little grief (but that's another story). And last here's the first flatweave I bought after I began to collect. It is one of two Khourassan Kurd pieces I bought during a trip to the SF area. It is very similar to a poshti Stanzer shows opposite the lower part of page 204 in his book "Kordi." Mine appears to have all vegetal dyes and is arguably older on that ground. It seems to ape a frequent pile bag design of the Jaf Kurds of NW Iran. The best I could do, Jerry, R. John Howe

Subject  :  RE: What's on my floor now....
Author  :  Jerry Silverman
Date  :  01-18-2000 on 04:51 p.m.
I'll take a few pictures (which will undoubtedly be yellowish due to the incandescent lighting) of what's on the floor, too. Stay tuned. -Jerry-

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