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Subject  :  A Thought and an Item of Trivia
Author  :  R. John Howe
Date  :  04-09-2000 on 08:26 a.m.
Dear folks - Christoph Huber's well-researched and imaginative article/salon might be seen to provide a kind of answer to an old debate about rug design sources. A number of writers have long held that Central Asia is the likely source of many rug designs. Others have responded that this seems less likely arguing that designs likley tended to flow from more technologically advanced areas to those that are less so rather than the reverse. (e.g., cities to country-side, or China to Central Asia). While the argument offered here does not claim to exclude alternatives, it might (if the civilization that Huber refers to here was relatively advanced) explain how Central Asia despite being, in more recent times, largely unsettled territory might still once have had an age that could make it a plausible candidate as an important source of rug design, even for those who hold that such sources were likely technologically more advanced. The trivia occurs in Huber's paragraph just before his first images in this editied version of his Ghereh article. It is only the second use of the word "glyptic" that I have ever seen in print. The first I encountered in a Michael Innes murder mystery. "Glyptic," I found, when I looked it up, means "carved" especially with regard to jewelry. The stones in cameo rings are instances of the glyptic arts. Huber's accurate usage here, is an encouraging sign of a nice erudition. Regards, R. John Howe

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