Friday 29 May 2015

Kurdish rugs from east Anatolia

It was sunny all day in West Cork (in between the clouds) and I managed to photograph the rest of my finds from April in Turkey, except for a few rugs and kilims still being repaired. I was on the lookout for good Kurdish pieces, after finding a couple of beautiful examples of these often under-appreciated rugs last year. They come from the part of east Anatolia from Malatya and Sivas down to the Gaziantep area (the one with the orange borders). Here are four rugs and a yastik that just arrived.

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Saturday 23 May 2015

Ottoman Period Silk Jackets

Kathi modelling three Ottoman period silk jackets

I spent April in Turkey and found some wonderful kilims, rugs and textiles. As they catch up with me in Ireland, I am steadily photographing and describing them. 

This morning Kathi modelled some Ottoman period silk jackets, the first is from late 19th century Bulgaria and is made from shining green quilted silk with black glass buttons. It looks so aristocratic, I wonder if it was made for court dress. The other two jackets from the 1920s are Turkish and are made from beautiful floral kutnu silk probably from Gaziantep. Only the yellow jacket is too fragile to wear. The others are in great condition for a collection or for wearing on special occasions. 

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