Posted by R. John Howe on 07-09-2002 08:01 AM:

Resht Tapestry

Dear folks -

The "Resht Tapestry" in Jerry's exhibition was in hand one of the most impressive pieces in the very good company of those selected.

The photo does not do near justice to the richness of this piece first hand. The colors are extraordinary.

Peter Stone has this to say in his "Resht" (also "Rasht") entry.

"A city of Iran near the southwest coast of the Caspian Sea. It was the source of wall hangings, animal trappings and rugs made of appliqued or inlaid fabrics and embroidered silk. Some of these textiles have been dated to the eighteenth century. The Persian term for this work is "gol-duzi-ye Rasht, 'flower embroidery of Rasht.'"

It might be useful, if Jerry can recall, to indicate why this piece is designated as a "tapestry."

Patricia Baker, in her "Islamic Textiles" volume shows how sumptious Resht work could be. I am sending Steve, separately for insertion below, a scan of an image Baker provides of a very elaborate tent done in Resht work.

ed. - Here is the image.


R. John Howe