DC Area Presentation on Manastir Kilims
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.coms 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.
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I hope you enjoy this recent look into the interesting world of Manastir kilims.
R. John Howe