Posted by R. John Howe on 02-24-2002 06:36 PM:
Unusual Mina Khani Rug
Dear folks -
I was particularly struck by rug 24, a main carpet with a mina khani design. Here, again, is the first of two close-ups in the initial photo essay.
The color palette of this piece is simply different from that of any Turkmen rug I think I have seen. If it were not for a couple of
"pine-tree" like devices (on their sides, of course, and in the main border) that one sees in the four quarters of Ersari "Suleiman" style major guls, and some versions of the field devices that appear to be influenced by ikat designs, one might well wonder whether this is a Turkmen piece at all.
Look especially at the very real variation in the field devices. Each seems distinctive from the others. And all are drawn exquisitely.
I think this, perhaps, the most unusual piece that Dennis presented in this Rug Morning.
I wonder that others might think about this piece.
R. John Howe
It's certainly a spectacular piece. I am curious what type of
knots it has. It seems somewhat akin (by its quirkiness and palette) to some open-to-the-left 'Ersaris' and I wonder
if it belongs to that family.
It's ironic that this piece became the opening topic in discussion. It is actually part of Dennis' inventory - the only one in the Salon that is - and he was unaware of our rule about discussion of rugs currently on the market. He, of course, is not the author of the Salon, either.
Anyway, I have removed the image of that rug and the accompanying text from the Salon essay. I apologize to Dennis for our slipup on this.
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