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Subject  :  Folk-Life Rugs
Author  :  R. John Howe mailto:%20rjhowe@erols.com
Date  :  08-12-2001 on 05:54 p.m.
Yon Bard, while initially disclaiming any ability to predict what collectors in 2101 will collect, then gave us two interesting possibilities.

Note that Yon believes that a central defining principle of some collection in 2101 will be that the pieces be instances of "innovative styles that have arisen spontaneously within the weaving communities."

The first group of contemporary rugs that Yon feels might meet this standard are the various "folk-life" weavings produced mostly so far in Turkey but also in some instances elsewhere.

Here are some examples.

Sometimes these folk-life pieces have a naive charm. (There is a book published those of this sort.)

Sometimes they can be more sophisticated

Sometimes modern images are incorporated.

Here are some weavings of this type by Tibetans.

Interestingly, these pieces are the sort of thing woven when Western organizers of the hand-spun wool, natural dye efforts, "turned their weavers loose," so to speak. The producers, apparently, intervened again after a short time, suggesting that weavers turn again to local traditional designs or to designs desired by the Western markets. For this reason, there may be relatively few folk-life carpets and this could also enhance their attractiveness to collectors in the future.

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