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Subject  :  Curtain Call for Crepuscule
Author  :  Patrick Weiler
Date  :  07-01-2000 on 01:57 a.m.
jpweil00@gte.net Curtain Call for Crepuscule With Carpets: The Salon began uneventfully with a discussion on the word "crepuscule". Steve Price suggested it had something to do with boils and zits. Steve, your job is getting to you. Mark Hopkins pointed out, when suggesting more examples like Balisht #2 be posted, that "Crepuscule Time" just doesn't roll off the tongue. Henry Sadovsky expected a discussion about the almost disconcerting effect that low light conditions have of transforming the appearance of rugs. The conclusion was that maybe the weavers appreciated the varying conditions the rugs would be used in and incorporated color combinations to salubrious effect. Or maybe not. National Geographic will probably underwrite an expedition to explore this phenomenon. The first balisht elicited much speculation about the curious feature it has of both symmetrical and asymmetrical knots. Tom Cole remarked that this feature is common in Tekke and Yomud work. Mark Hopkins deduced that the well known and respected weaver, Tammy Turkmen, probably shared her weaving technique with her close neighbors, the Baluch. Marvin Amstey, having likely attended many a lamb and goat BBQ with the Baluch, agreed. Daniel Deschyteneer referred us to http://www.marlamallett.com/ef-weft-.htm for details on the structure of end weaves similar to these intricate weavings. The elaborate end finishes are very complex and are probably under-appreciated due to the general ambivalence with which "mainstream" collectors (read "the very wealthy") view Baluch weavings. The "upside-down", or top-woven-first technique of balisht #1 generated speculation on the reasons for this somewhat unusual feature. Mark Hopkins indicated that 20% of his balisht collection showed this feature. It appears in a stunning 33% of my own balisht collection (just three rugs), a full one third of which (just one) is completely symmetrically woven! Another one third of my balisht collection (again just one) has only asymmetrical knotting! (balisht #2) I am certain that these comprehensive statistical findings will be exhaustively confirmed. Or maybe not. Henry Sadovsky suggested that the #1 balisht was very young. The combination of patina, aura and glow are indicators of "acceptable" age, and #2 seems to have it, but not #1. A number of other weavings similar to #2 were added to the board for comparison. It was constructive to see the similarities in the #2 type and it may argue for a separate weaving provenance. Or maybe not. Steve Price brought up the possibility that the change in border design in one of the rugs Kenneth Thompson added to the salon has been considered an "internal elem". That may be a fancy word for "mistake". Or maybe not. John Howe put an Ersari weaving on the board, relating the diamond shapes to the serrated leaf design in the Khamseh bags. Guido Imbibo added a lovely Beshire prayer rug with similar features. Daniel brought up the possibility of determining the origin of Khamseh weavings using the markers of a bright red color, crossed wefts and two-colored weft materials. A subsequent inspection of both Khamseh weavings in the salon confirms two-color wefting. The consensus of the participants in this Salon shows a fervid passion for rampant speculation with virtually no supporting documentation. As the light lingers less with the passing season, we shall ready our flocks for the return migration to winter grazing lands. Or maybe not..... Patrick Weiler

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