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DC Area Presentation on Manastir Kilims

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  • R. John Howe
    Dear folks - This email announces the post of a virtual version of a recent textile event here in the Washington, D.C. area. Penny and Tim Hays, two local
    Message 1 of 1 , May 17, 2011
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      Dear folks –


      This email announces the post of a virtual version of a recent textile event here in theWashington , D.C. area.  Penny and Tim Hays, two local collectors hosted a presentation by two Austrians, Erhardt Stoebe and Davut Mizrahi, drawing on material from a recent exhibition they had presented inAustria on Manastir kilims.  They had published a hardcover catalog for that exhibition.


      I was invited to this event, permitted to bring my camera, had access to a copy of the catalog, and considerable editorial help from Tim Hays as we fashioned this post.


      The event included treatment of “in the wool” examples in the room from the exhibition and some items from projected slides.


      The literature on “Manastir” weaving is thin, perhaps even in some respects controversial


      Perhaps the most serious recent effort was a Hali 112 article by Sonny Bertennson, but that piece focused on pile rug examples.  Manastir kilims are likely also subject to a distinction Bertensson draws: those woven by Turkish weavers transplanted to a predominantly Christian area of Bulgaria in the 19th century and perhaps up to about 1920.  A second group of “Manastir” type kilims were woven by members of these same Turkish groups in Bulgaria when they returned toTurkey in the early 1900s, especially after Ataturk came to power.  Distinctions are also made between kilims woven in eastern and westernBulgaria .


      Although, Manastir kilims, have been talked about for a while (there was a vigorous salon and discussion of them in Turkotek.com’s “Salon 100 in 2003), and are encountered now with fair frequency in the market (there were six available on Rugrabbit as I write), there is more than a little uncertainty about them.  This post presents some of the current thoughts and analysis of folks interested in Manastir kilims, who have collected some putative examples, traveled to the areas where they have reputedly been woven, and collected and analyzed what information they could.


      You can reach this post by clicking on the link immediately below or by copying the link and pasting it into your browser.




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      All of these methods take you to an “about” page on my blog.  The post being announced is the first in red in the column on the right.


      There are, again, a large number of images in the lecture post, so you may have to be a bit patient while it loads. (Some readers report that images sometimes do not come up automatically, but instead a blank rectangle with a small box containing a “red X” appears.  If you encounter that, try putting your cursor on the red X, then, right click.  A drop down menu should appear with a “Show image” alternative.  Click that and the image should come up.  You may have to do this individually for each image that doesn’t appear automatically.  We are not sure, but one theory about why this happens suggests that the computer on which images does not come up automatically may lack adequate memory for handling the long, demanding sort of documents that my posts often are.)


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      I hope you enjoy this recent look into the interesting world of Manastir kilims.




      R. John Howe



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