Re: pile rugs and pastoral nomads

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Posted by Yon Bard on July 29, 1999 at 07:21:36:

In Reply to: Re: pile rugs and pastoral nomads posted by Wendel Swan on July 28, 1999 at 16:56:58:

: : How do you account then for all the pastoral nomads who have produced a great deal of pile rugs?

: Nomads generally don't produce a "great deal of pile rugs." People who are sedentary do. Caucasian pile rugs are neither nomadic nor tribal. Turkmen pile production is believed by most authorities I know to have likely been the products of sedentary Turkmen. The South Persian tribes produced pile rugs, but the big numbers came from village or town weavers.

: Exceptions may be found.

: Wendel

I think your dismissal of Turkoman weavings as sedentary is rather hasty. Most if not all of their weavings, including main carpets, were for use in the tent, and some (such as tent-pole bags) were obviously for use in migration.

Regards. Yon

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