Course Exhibits

Description Activity
1 Map of the Weaving World Travel from Istanbul to the Takla Makan Desert
2 Qashqa’i bag face Examine structure and compare with technical description in “Woven Gardens.” E.g., note red wefts.
3 Model of simple loom Identify warp, weft, and knots using key.
4 Ferreghan Sarouk (small sized example of typical Persian room sized decorative carpet, c 1920′s) Examine structure and color
5 Chelaberd rug (Southeast Caucasus, aka “Eagle Kazak,” “Sunburst,” from Karabagh region, c 1900) Identify symmetric knots. Review Adil Besim description of rug and territory
6 Exhibit: Direction of yarn spin (aka “twist”) Note “Z” spin of yarn, “S” ply of two Z yarns.
7 Baluch prayer rug (1920′s, 30′s, or 40′s?, older?) Note brightness of colors on the back v. faded colors on the front, and darker colors at base of pile.
8 “Incuña” (ceremonial ground cloth or Shaman’s cloth). Juli region, Lake Titicaca, Peru. Circa 1880. Aymara Indian culture. Natural dyes. Examine zoomorphic designs, particularly S-shaped figure, and similarity to designs in oriental rugs
9 Bidjar vagireh (c 1900) Rare example of small weaving used to show styles of carpets availabe from the workshop
10 Turkish Mudjar rug, (c 1890) Examine structure and color
11 Khamseh rug (mid 19th century) Examine structure and color
12 Caucasian Kilim (late 19th century) Compare flat weave structure versus knotted pile rugs
13 Tibetan throne rug (c 1900) Compare color and structure with Persian and Turkish rugs
14 Khoton carpet (mid 19th century, western China) Compare color and structure with other rugs
15 Isphahan (Central Persia) Fragment (16th century), Check depressed warps, dense knots, salmon wefts.
16 Moghul Indian Fragment (16th century) Same re warps and density.
17 Oushak Fragment, Western Anatolian (16th century) Carefully examine, note the coarseness of the weave. Compare with the picture in Gantzhorn at p. 311.
18 Khurasan (Northeast Persia) Fragment, (17th century?) Note the loose weave, black weft. Which side is the bottom? Do odd colors indicate old repair or oxidation?
Books, Periodicals, and Auction Catalogues
19 Review books and other printed materials.