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58. Ikat Koran bag, Uzebekistan, 19th Century
59. Back of Ikat Koran bag shown in pic. 58
60. Koran cover, Central Anatolia, 18th century
61. Koran cover shown in pic. 61 with flap raised
62.Back of Koran cover shown in pics. 60 & 61
63. Obruk Koran bag, Konya region, 19th Century
64. Koran Bag, Western Anatolia (Bergama or Seljuk) 19th Century
65. Koran bag shown in pic. 64 with raised flap
66. Back of Koran bag shown in pics. 64 & 65
67. Koran bag, Denizli region of Western Anatolia, 20th Century
68. Detail of Koran bag shown in pic. 67
69. Back of Koran bag shown in pics. 67 & 68

Part 10

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)

Part 11: Nazarlik in the Kitchen
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