As a public service to Turkotek readers who may
be new to rug collecting, or who simply have no artistic taste whatsoever,
a thread devoted to rugs which are completely void of any redeeming value
at all could be helpful. It may even be helpful to some long-time Turkotek
regulars and seasoned rug veterans who still inadvisably hit the Bid
button too quickly. And to those who ignore their better judgment and buy
weavings better left unpurchased.
It is too late, though, for me, as
this next rug will prove.
As you can see, it is a rather long and
narrow rug. It is just under 3' wide and is 14' long. There are 4
horizontal by 5 vertical symmetric knots per square inch, with no warp
depression. The selvage consists of three cords of two warps each, wrapped
in blue or red overcasting in two-inch blocks along the length of the rug.
The warp is mostly a vigorous orange wool or 2" wide sections of orange
plied with dark goat or horse-hair. The wefts are two shots of mostly very
dark wool. The ends have a couple of inches of blue plain weave and then
red plain weave with a single line of two-color weft twining. One end has
what may be the remains of braiding with triangular looped bases.
may wonder why I have gone to such an extreme of technical description for
a rug of no artistic or collectible value. Well, it is mostly because I
have no idea who made it or where it was made. The structural description
may provide the only clues.
This next picture shows the orange warps
peeking out from under the red plain-weave end.
The next picture will show one
reason that this rug would not be considered desirable. The dyes include a
Hot Pink, Radioactive Red, one purple which has completely faded to gray
interspersed with another which remains vivid and the ubiquitous orange of
Another feature which one should avoid
is horizontal strips where the weaving has buckled, or puckered and the
pile is worn down to the foundation. Also, the 4x5 knots per inch is an
almost impossibly crude construction.
The design is not unusual,
consisting of a full-length column of connected "baklava" bordered
concentric diamonds. The rest of the field includes stars, quartered
rosettes, boxes and a few indeterminate geometric forms. The very simple
outer border is alternating X and diamond shapes. The inner border on a
very light orange ground is of interconnected Star-Wars
The corners are not "resolved" as they would be in finer
rugs. This means that the design of the border, for instance, does not
continue from the horizontal to the vertical axis in a complete,
It is a crudely designed rug of equally crude
construction, with unquestionably crummy colors.
It has one useful
purpose, though. It fits between the walls of my hallway.
As long as I
keep the lights off, one would never know that this rug is a nearly
unequalled example of what one should NOT buy.
My only guess concerning
the origin of this rug is Eastern Turkey. No one else would lay claim to
it. If you have a better idea, let me know!