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Author:jc
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Tue, Oct 11th, 2016 05:50:10 AM
Topic: Archaic Group

The following is excerpted from Part V:
http://rugkazbah.com/boards/records.php?id=1878&refnum=1878
of RK's Anatolian Opus overview of Anatolian Kelim and their collecting history in the west.

First is what RK considers to be the most important and earliest in the deYoung Museum Collection. We call it the “S” kelim:

Plate 27; Anatolian Kilims; Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; 1990

Second is a kelim we call the “rhombs”:

Plate 28; Anatolian Kilims; Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; 1990

Third is a kelim from Afyon and we will call it by the same name:

Plate 57; Anatolian Kilims; Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; 1990

And fourth is a kelim we call the “vulture”:

Plate 58; Anatolian Kilims; Fine Art Museums of San Francisco; 1990

RK’s only choosing four kelim out of the 110 illustrated in the catalog might strike many kelim lovers as strange and extreme.

But, when dealing with true art historical comparison, only the most careful and detailed analysis can hold its own against the push of time.

The expert is not fooled or influenced by personal likes or dislikes, nor can the fashions of the moment be considered.

That push of time has a way of washing away fashion and personal taste, and the history of oriental rug studies is littered with the mistakes many scholars have made by allowing less than the most absolute and critical reasoning to affect their judgment.

Excellence is a tough taskmaster, and RK’s opinions are not casually determined, whether about Anatolian kelim or the way we chose to live our life.

Striving for the best possible, and the willingness to put up with the hardships this course of action demands is not for everyone, we don’t expect it to be.

So let’s move on here, and RK trusts all will become more clear when our examination of Anatolian kelim is finished.

Number 5, out of the 11 archetypes, is a piece from the Vakiflar Museum, in Turkey. Regrettably it was not included in the Vakiflar kelim book.

We call this kelim the ‘compass’:

Collection Vakiflar Museum

Number 6 has already been illustrated in our examination. It is the east Berlin saf:

Collection Museum fur Islamische Kunst; Berlin, Germany

The remaining 5 are in our kelim collection and, even though we have already illustrated 4 of them in our examination we will, for convenience and comparison, illustrate them once again.

The fifth we are illustrating for the first time, and it is number 11 on our short but tight list of archetypes:

Number 7:

Plate 1; “Image Idol Symbol:Ancient Anatolian Kelim”; vol.2, 1989

Number 8:

Plate 2; “Image Idol Symbol:Ancient Anatolian Kelim”; vol.2, 1989

Number 9:

Plate 4; “Image Idol Symbol:Ancient Anatolian Kelim”; vol.2, 1989

Number 10:

Plate 5; “Image Idol Symbol:Ancient Anatolian Kelim”; vol.2, 1989

Number 11

Plate 3; “Image Idol Symbol:Ancient Anatolian Kelim”; vol.2, 1989

These 11 kelim are, as we have already stressed, the only archaic period examples we have seen.

Author: jc
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Sun, Aug 14th, 2016 07:22:59 AM

To answer the questions several readers have put to us in their emails. First, this listing of archaic kelim is not in any order of their importance.

Second, we do not have any personal favorites, all of them are equally as spectacular, beautiful and important.

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