rugs were a complete surprise to me. I never expected to find a secret
Persian minority in China who are the major ethnic group in the Ningxia
Hui Province. Over time I hope to expand this subject more
My first thought was that this rug was Caucasian
but on reflection Northwest Persian seems more appropriate. I am
wondering if it could be a Karadagh. Then again I never saw a Karadagh
and I only know them from old rug books.
Follow the above link for more information and
I shaved. Not exactly sure why but things are
changing fast so I decided why not. I have lost almost 50 pounds since
I got to Seattle and I am going to keep going. More changes are coming,
I have no idea what but our country was ready for a change and so am I.
A Khamseh Confederation Bird Rug in the classic
Here I discuss the concept of "Read White First"
in Turkmen rugs.
This is a nice old panel from a Kurdish Khordjin.
Colors are good in a attractive hooked lozenge pattern,
Rugs: Kurdish Khordjin with Videos - I am
tying a new format with the videos. There seems to be a good bit of
interest in in-depth looks at pieces so I grouped 4 videos together
with some still pictures as a start.
I get some help on this one from my son Mickey.
His questioning mind adds a new dimension to my work. He is also a big
help in shooting the videos.
Kurdish Khordjin Saddlebag
This is the first and second part of a look at an
Kurdish saddlebag. This is also a series that my son Mickey assists me
Next Saturday December 13th I will speak
at the Textile Museum. This is a focused talk on a
specific subject. I will propose a new system of classifying Caucasian
Rugs based on language. People are welcome to bring Caucasian Rugs.
10:30 AM Saturday December 13th, Textile Museum 2320 S Street, NW
Washington, DC Phone: (202) 667-0441
Here is a video where I examine a fragment of a
new Persian Yomud Rug.
"Rug Morning" in Seattle
Saturday Dec. 6th we had a very successful "Rug Morning"
here in Seattle, Wa. The format was loosely based on the RTAMs at the
Textile Museum and this was the first of its type for STARS (Seattle
Textile and Rug Society). The meeting was Saturday morning and it drew
a very good turnout for the group. Thanks to Thea Sand for the use of Emmanuel's Rug and
Upholstery Cleaners in Seattle Washington. Also thanks to
Fred Ingham who was a big help and also Jim Burns who lent his
expertise and even held up a rug or two in the program.
Powdering; Assessing the deterioration of an
antique silk rug
Sayahi Visits Milan Italy! The Great Dying Master Abbas
Sayahi will be in Milan Italy this week at the 13th International
Crafts Selling Exhibition November 29 - December 8, 2008.
This is through the INCC( http://incc.ir/fa/fairs/DispFairs.aspx?ID=32
). Abbas will be running a dye workshop from Wednesday 3rd December.
Just last week I wrote here about Abbas
Sayahi in the movie Gabbeh and now visitors to the fair in
Milan will have a chance to meet him. If you ever had a question about
dyes ask Abbas, he has a knowledge and ability that never ceases to
amaze me. Please extend my best wishes to Abbas if you see him.
In Turkmen rugs we regularly see wefts made from hair as opposed to
wool. Here I take a close look at these wefts before and after they
splay. I do not normally pull apart Tekke Rugs so what I found was a
Two Cord Selvage in a Shirvan Rug
As soon as I saw this fragment it made me think of my dear friend and
teacher (the late) Uncle Jimmy Keshishian. I took the Oriental Rug
section of the appraisal Science course at George Washington University
from Uncle Jimmy and I still draw back on what he taught me. When you
see this selvage think Shirvan. Uncle jimmy's brother Harold Keshishian
has a saying that i like, "If you want to know what sort of car it is,
read the hubcaps." In other words look for the easy to spot identifying
I have built more than 30 special websites called Squidoo Lenses. These
are more than just simple websites because you can add your links to
them without my help or even permission. I have had them up for over a
year and in some cases they rank higher than www.SpongoBongo. com or www.PersianCarpetGuide.com If you
have a website visit my Squidoo Lens and link to your site. Then add a
link from your site to the Lens. If you link from yours to mine and
mine to yours then you will be surprised at how effective the links can
be. By the way if you link to yours and do not return the link it is
not nearly as effective.
Please visit: http://www.Squidoo.
If you are interested in linking strategies let me know.
God bless him Walter Denny is a good fellow. I keep
writing pages on Walter and somehow I lose them. I just found this one
and I thought I would post it here before I lose it again. Notes
on Professor Walter Denny
mail address (I generally answer everyone who sends me a Telephone
number. It is easier to call anywhere in the world then send email. If
you want to send email then send it to Oriental Rug Questions. I hate to sound harsh but I am a poor working man
with a family and three jobs. This is just a hobby so I rarely answer
questions any more. If you send images I am far more likely to look if
you zip them.