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Rug Morning Session at The Textile Museum
with Saul Barodofsky - Part 2

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He next presented a small, finely embroidered needlepoint bag face - 19th Cent. Greek Island

The embroidery on this piece is exquisite.

On the left side of the front board, Saul had pinned up a group of small Central Asian weavings.

Top centre - drawstring purse made out of 18th century Persian textile
Lower centre - Khirgiz embroidered felt scissors holder
Left - potholders, Uzbek
Right - potholders, Karakalpak

Saul demonstrated how one set of potholders fit on one's hands.

When one came into the room on this rug morning, one was facing this fairly sizable textile in the center of the front board.

It is an embroidered item of piece-work from Rescht, in the Azerbaijani section of Iran. It is a "sofreh," or eating cloth. Saul used the phrase, "a stone is heaviest where it sits," to suggest that there are some textiles that are more expensive overseas than they are here. This, he said, is an item to buy here rather than there for that reason.

This graphically attractive piece was embroidered with chevron-like forms and diamonds.

They reminded me of some Yomut Turkman pile designs. Saul said that this piece is a Byzant embroidery. He added, it's called Byzant not because of its age (which is late 19th or early 20th century - late Ottoman period), but because the people who wove it were descendants of the Byzantines. It was intended as a cover for the baby cradle. Sometimes these textiles had crosses woven in to ward off evil.

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