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Old March 23rd, 2011, 06:19 PM   #3
Filiberto Boncompagni
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Cyprus
Posts: 92

Hi Pierre,

Yes, they are of the same kin. The palette should be the same too. OK, the two scans above differ, but that is due to difference of color calibration, typographic reproduction, different scanners and so on.
Let’s see a detail of the first:

compared with one of the “faces”:

More or less the same design.
Interestingly James D.Burns attributes the “faces” carpet to Kurds. See quote from Hali website:
Antique Rugs of Kurdistan
11 April 2003
Michael Wendorf writes:
He also illustrates (Plate 27) the so-called 'Faces' carpet in Heinrich Kirchheim's collection ('Orient Stars', pl.218, HALI 74, p.97), which also has offset knotting and shares similar colours - blue, green and light red - and iconography, arguing that it and the Berlin carpet 'might well be the earliest two surviving Kurdish rugs'. If so, they are likely the product of Ayyubid Kurds whose empire was founded in Upper Mesopotamia and extended in the 13th and 14th centuries from the northern shore of Lake Van to Syria and Egypt.
Which makes me happy: as a Caucasian-o-phile, there is a chance that these are earlier Caucasian rugs, by Avars or by Azerbaijani Kurds, why not?
Incidentally, the “faces” carpet has offset knotting in the border but it doesn’t seem so for the other (or if there is, I cannot find it).

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