Jerry, Your Salon does raise a very interesting question: Why no sheep?
Many animals show up, especially in SW Persian rugs, but are they sheep?
Take this Khamseh "Murgh" or Chicken rug. Is the animal near the center of
the image, with a white body, in among the chickens, just a mutated
chicken that got a little too close to the medallion and "lost his head"
or is it really a lost little lamb, gamboling among the chickens?
older rug has a farm yard of animals, this one could very well be a sheep:
could be a fat tailed sheep, or, alternatively, a horse:
There is an
animal from a Khamseh saddlebag that looks suspiciously like a "Fat Tailed
Sheep" in the next photo:
BUT, none of
them is conclusively a sheep. It has me losing sleep. I guess I will just
close my eyes and "count sheep". Patrick Weiler|