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Eastern Turkey Sumack big heybe face. Cm 66x96. Datable as late 19th or early 20th century. Where from? It's a puzzle, could be Kurdish?, ....what if Shahsavan? Such pieces are rare, not  ...
Eastern Turkey Sumack big heybe face. Cm 66x96. Datable as late 19th or early 20th century. Where from? It's a puzzle, could be Kurdish?, ....what if Shahsavan? Such pieces are rare, not  ...
Eastern Turkey Sumack big heybe face. Cm 66x96. Datable as late 19th or early 20th century. Where from? It's a puzzle, could be Kurdish?, ....what if Shahsavan? Such pieces are rare, not  ...
Eastern Turkey Sumack big heybe face. Cm 66x96. Datable as late 19th or early 20th century. Where from? It's a puzzle, could be Kurdish?, ....what if Shahsavan? Such pieces are rare, not easily found, and there is almost no literature at all about. The weavings is very accurate, beautiful dyes, good wool. See "Flatweaves of Turkey" by Bandsma & Brandt for a similar piece, page 139 For more pics see: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.10150816760079258.472302.3582598... I just received an email from Michael Wendorf, here it is! It's everything much clearer now! "Dear Carlo, this is weftless soumak, Kurdish from Eastern Anatolia. There is no ground weft so unlike most soumak which is a compound weave with a ground weft and warp and a wrapping weft. These pieces are warp and wrapping weft only. It is an ancient structure that only Kurdish weavers employed into the 20th century. Your piece might come the area near to malatya. i presented a paper at the icoc at Washington, d.c. on these weavings. The structure itself dates back to gauze like weavings with no pattern that were made with bast fibers and have been found at Neolithic sites such as Catal Huyuk. Best wishes, Michael"
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