Posted by R. John Howe on 06-18-2007 04:55 PM:

Some Images from Dealers' Row

Dear folks -

I took photos of a number of pieces on dealers' row at ICOC XI.

Here is a first set:

Sometimes noticable textiles occurred on people rather than on booth walls.

There seem to be a lot of Caucasians. Maybe I was thinking of Filiberto.

There are more.


R. John Howe

Posted by R. John Howe on 06-19-2007 06:20 AM:

Second Set

Dear folks -

Here are some more dealers' row photos:

I almost bought the piece above, but my inoculating purchase of the camel head piece worked, momentarily. Next morning it was gone to an experienced collector who chided me about not buying it.

The Bordjalou Kazak above is similar to the one Murray Eiland, Jr. used on the dust jacket of his 1980 "comprehensive guide."

A couple of closer looks at this unusual piece.

Below are a couple of Kaitag embroideries.

And you can see that there are dealers who present fragments especially for people like me.

This Yomut chuval, above, was one of a pair. I won't say what the price for each was, but you could buy a small car.

There is, at least one more set.


R. John Howe

Posted by Marty Grove on 06-19-2007 09:52 AM:

G'day John,

From amoungst the two sets, there are three which grabbed me for various reasons -

The third in the 1st set looks interesting, a nicely spare piece in good colour. It looks like what it is, a personal prayer rug with evidence of care and use.

No8 is a 'shoe-in' (sri), which to me inexperience could be a modern bag representation of a turkmen bag in natural dyes. The elem is different, the end of which showing that half inch of plain flatweave on the natural wool warp makes me think it is a rug representing .. what it looks like, a nice 'bag'.

Of the second set, the second last zoomed at me in an abstract sort of way. Gullish small medallions, the centres of which are changed if only by colour - leaving a complex and eyecatching design from fairly simple beginnings.

And these are few of hundreds, or thousands of textiles you observed in passing, which just goes to show how individual carpetmaking has been and remains...

Oh what a web of pleasure we weave say the artisans - and abrogates a bit the saying "never east meets west"

Very enjoyable, thanks.


Posted by R. John Howe on 06-19-2007 10:25 AM:

Third Set of Dealers' Row Photos

Dear folks -

Here's a third and, except for some stragglers I might run into, last set of photos from the ICOC XI dealers' row:

A couple of fragments of the yellow ground Konya village rugs that I so like.

The piece below is similar to a yellow-ground Kazak I own. This one has more range of color.

This is a huge camel trapping. Compare with the human figures to get a sense of how large it is.

The piece below is an embroidery that I could have bought, if I hadn't had to eat and sleep for a couple of weeks after ICOC XI.

The piece below is a Kaitag embroidery with a design that is more rug-like than is often the case. I think it was estimated as 18th century.

The piece below is another I would have like to have adopted.

This tent band elicted some conversation among non-Turkmen Central Asian collectors. It is not old, but is based on the Pazaryk rug horses.

I think I took the piece below because it seemed to me similar to things Wendel Swan is often attracted to.

He can say whether or not I guessed correctly.

That's it for dealers' row images, unless I find stragglers.


R. John Howe

Posted by Marty Grove on 06-19-2007 11:34 AM:

Thanks John, and you saved the best to last, as for a special further treat.


Martin R. Grove

Posted by R. John Howe on 06-20-2007 06:05 AM:

A Fourth Set

Dear folks -

It turns out that there is a fourth set.

The detail in this piece has to be seen more closely to be appreciated.

The oversize mina khani design on a relatively small piece is another that would have come home with me if money were endless.

I think the piece below is the most elaborate felt I have ever encountered. The wide tan areas at the edges are still felt.

I took several closer images so you can see the detail of its design.

I think the piece below is a Saltillo serape, but I can't remember handling it.

A closer look. Does it have the required seam in the middle? Yes.

I'm not sure that we've not seen the yellow ground Konya rug below before, but these things are worth looking at repeatedly in my view.

And this classic Bergama design below may also have been in another set, but again seems worth repeated looks.

It is possible that there are still stragglers, but I think that's what I have from the dealers' row at ICOC XI.


R. John Howe