Here are some thoughts from Marla Mallett, correcting some of my
statements, which may get your interest :
1/ About the use of metallic
wrapped cotton threads in the Malatya storage sack presented in my essay:
I said it was a common practice in the Malatya and Sivas area.
Marla adds the following info:
The use of metallic threads is also
very common in kilims from the Van/Hakkari area.
2/ About the first Shavak bag showed in my essay, I told: “notice in
this close-up the tiny white and blue pick and pick bands edging the bands
of overlay underlay brocading. Such extremely decorative pick and pick
bands are often seen in Kurdish weavings from Eastern Anatolia and to my
knowledge are typically Kurdish. They appear also in Western Anatolian
flatweaves and my guess is that such pieces were may be woven by Kurdish
weavers who migrated there”.
adds the following info:
"pick and pick" details are very common just
about everywhere, and I think it is a mistake to claim that as a sign of
Kurdish work. You are right that this detail is common in Western
Anatolian weaving, but it appears there on weavings that are Yoruk -- that
is, nomadic people with Turkoman backgrounds. There is, in fact, almost no
Kurdish weaving in Western Turkey,
and not many Kurds, except in the
3/About the two Iraqi rugs I posted in my topic: “Influence of
Marla Mallett told:
I think that we need not make a really big issue of what is Anatolian
and what is Iraqi, as some of those groups live on both sides of the
Tribal divisions may make more sense. Farther from the border
more definitive characteristics seem to appear.
end finishes with wrapped triangular bases appear in work from both
countries, for example, but the selvages you showed seem more
characteristic of Iraqi pieces.
only thing in your post that I question is your statement about the row of
overlapped knots in the lower part of the one rug. That would not used in
an attempt to narrow the rug; in fact such overlapping would tend to have
the opposite effect, as more yarn is squeezed into the space. Rugs often
tend to be wider at the lower end because there is a natural tendency for
a weaving to "draw in" the work proceeds. This happens when the weaver
does not allow enough weft ease.
Thanks for your interest,
Marla and Daniel