Koran Bags to Protect and Conceal
This first example (pic. 58) is a 19th century Ikat Uzbek koran bag.
Here we see the beautiful creation of something which will hold, and
also cover (protect) from profane eyes. Picture 59 shows the back of the immediately preceding piece.
Very often Central Asian ikat is backed with Russian printed cloth, but I
think Saul said this back is done with a "mud-resist" technique.
Another Koran cover is shown in pic. 60, this time in pile. An 18th century example
from Central Anatolia. In pic. 60 its covering flap is down while pic. 61 shows
what it looks like when the flap is raised. Picture 62 is of its very worn plain-weave back. Good, old colors.
Picture 63 is of another koran bag in sumak.
This was Saul's first Koran bag.
It is a 19th century piece from Obruk in the Konya region.
The next piece (pic.64) is of yet another Koran bag, this 19th century example
is from Western Anatolia (Bergama or Seljuk). Again a flapped pile treatment, but this time a fringe is added to the flap. Pic. 65 shows the front with the flap up; pic 66 shows the plainish back.
The last Koran bag in this sequence is shown in picture 67.
This example is from the Denizli region of West Central Anatolia - early
20th century. This time tassels have been applied to the edge of the flap and some
beading has been included in them (pic. 68). We can see the resort to the protection of bright colors in the orange and purple usages here.
This piece has a somewhat less plain, and more colorful and interesting
back (pic. 69)