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Subject  :  Baklava
Author  :  Daniel Deschuyteneer mailto:%20daniel-d@skynet.be
Date  :  09-26-2001 on 10:27 a.m.
Dear all,

One example of a group of rugs and utilitarians with the so-called "Baklava" design is illustrated on Marla’s pages.

As said this group of Kurdish rugs comes from Eastern Anatolia and is variously attributed to the Malatya, Gaziantep, Cihanbeyli, Adyaman or Sarkisla area.

I have read that Herki, Hartushi and Goyan Kurds used this design but don’t remember the source and don’t know if this information is first hand..

According to W. Eagleton, the Baklava (pomegranate in Turkish) pattern is an appropriate description of how Baklava looks after being cut into diamond shaped sections on a tray. This group exists in several design varieties:

One variety has an open field of repeated hooked diamonds.

I have assembled in this photo two examples of the open field Baklava pattern.

From left to right: Herrmann V, plate 14 labeled Yuruk (??) and Sovrani Tapetti – plate 47-19th centrury-Sarkisla.

In another variety the field is arranged in panels separated by 5 – 6 horizontal stripes which connect to their inner border. One rug with the "banded Baklava" pattern is illustrated on Marla’s pages and other examples are Eagleton: plate 113, reproduced here below, and Discoveries from Kurdish looms: plate 54.

Less common versions of a few stacked diamonds (115&116) appear in Yastiks from the same area.

From left to right plates 115, 116, 117 & 118 from Brian Morehouse’s book.

According to Brian Morehouse, Yastiks page103, it is unlikely that the Baklava design is associated with a single weaving area: examples show differences in the spatial development of the main design elements, and wide differences in palette and technical features. However these examples are all associated with Kurdish production.

Would want to share your knowledge about these pieces.



Subject  :  Re:Baklava
Author  :  Marvin Amstey mailto:%20mamstey1@rochester.rr.com
Date  :  09-26-2001 on 10:42 a.m.
Hi Daniel,
Baklava around here is cut into squares.

Subject  :  Re:Baklava
Author  :  Ludwina Akbulut mailto:%20akbulut@ispro.net.tr
Date  :  09-27-2001 on 06:59 p.m.
Just a short note : pomegranate in Turkish is 'nar'
Baklava is the sweet pastry they often cut in diamond shapes on the plate.

The design in this carpets gives the same diagonal division in the carpet as the pastry on the tray...

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