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Subject  :  Your Khamseh bagfaces and some other...
Author  :  Daniel Deschuyteneer
Date  :  06-26-2000 on 08:21 a.m.
daniel.d@infonie.be Dear Patrick and you all, As you noticed, the field serrated leaf pattern (compared to swirling fish by James Opie or sharp-toothed sharks by you) and the main border pattern of confronting birds has been used by various tribes in Iran with among them, the Bakhtiary–Lors, the tribes from the Khamseh confederation and the Afshars. For your next dream, have you noticed how these confronting birds look like the confronting birds of the 15th century Magri carpet? Sorting these rugs isn’t usually very difficult, as wool, color and weaving are different. You say that your first bagface is probably Bassiri (one tribe of the Khamseh confederation), and I agree with you. The structure evokes a Khamseh attribution and the association of the central medallion and the rendering of the serrated leaf pattern seems to be characteristic of Bassiri weavings. Other rendering of the same pattern without the central medallion were also woven by the Bassiri. Here is an example of a Bassiri double bagface (only one face shown) showing the same lattice variation of the pattern as in your second bagface. The edges of the flatwoven panel between the two pile faces are reinforced with wrapped and bound selvages in an unusual way. This feature has been discussed by Marla Mallett on her site and can be accessed following this link. WOVEN STRUCTURES UPDATE - Part 1 – second topic - "An odd South Persian saddlebag detail" http://www.marlamallett.com/updates.htm Here is another rendering of the same pattern where the serrated leaves edge the three central medallion. The border of this piece shows also a more "tribal" floral meandering than the border of your second piece. It is interesting that the two wefts between rows of knots are of "two different shades of red-orange" in this piece. Opie is the first author who noticed that this feature was characteristic of Khamseh weaving. He also noticed that sometimes a very vivid red appears in Khamseh weavings. I can't resist showing this extraordinary "mother and child boteh" main border of a Khamseh rug. The eyes and the child’s are drawn with this vivid characteristic red. Hoping it will clearly appear on your monitor. In my experience, it is more characteristic of Khamseh weavings that two wefts of "different colors" or in later pieces of "different nature (wool and cotton)" were used, and that these were crossed between sheds in the center of the rug. It is often very easy to see them as the two wefts are of different colors. Marla Mallett told me that she had also observed these wefts crossing in Khamseh weavings but that sometimes she handled pieces were they didn’t cross. Thanks, Daniel

Subject  :  RE:Your Khamseh bagfaces and some other...
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  06-27-2000 on 12:01 p.m.
jpweil00@gte.net Daniel, Another Khamseh, probably also Bassiri, has the same confronting animal border but with a more Qashquai type field: This one is "different" in feel than either of the two bags on the salon. It seems newer, hardly used, but still early 20th century. You may note that the animals are the same color when they are above and below each other, but in some (earlier?) rugs the animals are the same color when "confronting". This face is "upside down" but, because it has a "top" and "bottom" due to the orientation of the central medallion, it appears upside down when On The Camel. The other face appears "right side up". I am unable to closely examine this or the other rugs in the salon for crossed wefts or double color wefts, as I am out of town on business and, Surprise! I don't bring a lot of rugs along. Patrick Weiler

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