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Old February 4th, 2012, 05:06 PM   #11
Chuck Wagner
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 78

Hi all,

There are several implementations of crosses in this Azerbaijani soumak, and the placing of some make me wonder if they are intended to be rather more than simple geometric decoration.

In particular, the crosses in the upper and lower medallions seem thoroughly planned - they are not just coincidental fallout of negative space edges. Indeed, such weavings require so much more effort and planning than a pile rug that I think almost nothing is fortuitous.

And the crosses in the center medallion are far more asymmettrical than is necessary and I am inclined to see a more religious interpretation intended by the weaver:

BTW, my current plan is to ignore all the comments about lousy dyes....

Chuck Wagner
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