Istanbul to Samarkand Rug Gallery

Istanbul to Samarkand Rug Gallery


We manufacture selling Carpets handicrafts kilims rug shawls tapestries textiles and related items email [email protected]

ISTANBUL TO SAMARKAND An Austin Original business, established by Donna Endres in 1987. Call to arrange a visit this extraordinary by-appointment showroom for stunning nomadic tribal and village rugs and elegant Oriental carpets—the best of surviving older examples.

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Fiber Week 2022 02/13/2022

Fiber Week 2022

Friday, February 18 is Fiber Friday, and we are hosting three free webinars to celebrate fiber art around the world. We will have presentations about Kyrgyzstan, Russia, and Norway! Please join us from wherever you are.

We will start the day with a presentation called: Kyrgyz Felt in the Past, Present and Future: Traditions, Problems, and Perspectives with Dinara Chochunbaeva
Airing LIVE at 8am CT.

Register now for all of the webinars:

Dinara Chochunbaeva has played an instrumental role in the preservation of feltmaking and will share some of the remarkable 2,000 year history of this craft and her work to safeguard this tradition.

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Fiber Week 2022 North House was founded in 1997 by a small handful of inspired locals passionate about traditional craft and cooperative learning.

Yomut,göl without a tribe 01/31/2022

Yomut,göl without a tribe

From john Taylor:

A Turkmen carpet scenario.

Today we take it for granted that the Tekke tribe created the carpets with the Tekke Göl,the Salor and Saryk likewise.In fact the evidence for this is vague, based on the attributions made by the early Russian authors up to and including Moshkova in the 1930`s .These are often inaccurate by today`s standards,and ignore one of the largest social groups active in pre-conquest West Turkestan:that of the slaves.

Slavery was indigenous to everyday life in West Turkestan.The Turkmen were the main suppliers of fresh slaves through their frequent raids into Persia.Wealthy captives would be taken to the major slave-trading centres of Bukhara and Khiva to be ransomed.Commoners would be employed for simple toil,usually in agriculture or domestic service.A labour-intensive occupation such as carpet-weaving lends itself perfectly to the use of slaves.A carpet workshop would best function with a team of young and able-bodied weavers whose reliable input could be calculated on a daily basis without regard for remuneration or health.Slaves could be deployed like machines with occasional resting times.A plan of production costs could accurately be drawn up;they did not require leave or holidays.Children with strong backs,good eyes and nimble fingers would have provided the best workforces.The most competent among them could then train the next generation,as their peers became too old for the job,and would then be sold on. The workshops may have been situated amongst the Turkmen themselves,presumably peopled by young girls and women.The males would have been located in workshops based in urban centres,whose characteristic weaving style was a “Turkmenising” one,i.e workshops specialised in the creation of nomadic type carpet designs,such as the multi-combination Yomut choval.The “Eagle-Group” carpets might be an example of Turkmenising ,but other conservative styles lent themselves perfectly to reproduction by slave-labourers,as the designs were unchanging and simple to learn.At some point in time the göl forms of the Tekke,Salor,Saryk and others were created in a controlled artistic environment. Carpet designers very carefully worked out the various göl shapes for use on knotted rugs,which accounts for the unity of Turkmen carpet design.One accepted tenet of carpet scholarship is that the Turkmen women wove the “nomadic” carpets which have come down to us.Travellers to Turkestan did report on the industry of Turkmen women,never seen without a piece of embroidery or spinning wool in their spare time.Actual sightings of women weaving rugs are based on hearsay,which could be due to the situation of women in purdah.However the greater freedom enjoyed by nomadic women was frequently remarked upon.Presuming that the men were often away on raids,they would have had to oversee the slaves labouring in the fields,as well as mastering the burden of extra work caused by the absence of their menfolk.

Clearly,Turkmen women were proficient in the textile arts of all sorts.Embroidery and the making and repair of clothing would have been paramount,as was the creation of felt and flatweaves.These are items in daily use by pastoral nomads,but knotted carpets are a luxury,a heavy transport item best suited for barter or sale.Wealthy women did not weave carpets.This activity was delegated,as William Irons reported in the 1960`s.Weaving carpets is actually a lowly occupation,but it would have taken place,time fitting,in a social context.As a back-breaking activity it was best performed by slaves.

One casus belli for the Russian sorties into Turkestan was to free Russian citizens who had been kidnapped and held as slaves.The Russians eventually abolished slavery in Turkestan,but it did not vanish overnight.This had to do with the nature of Muslim slavery,quite different to that practised in the West.The slaves in Turkestan were more integrated;they were clothed and behaved in general as the locals,although they formed a distinct group.The Turkmen justified their forays on jihadist grounds;if need be,sunni captives would be “made” shia by their captors.Far from home,in time the slave population(said by Abott to have been half the population in the Khiva area!)would have accepted their lot.They were often treated fairly and could free themselves,sometimes choosing to remain in Turkestan where living conditions were better than at home.Carpet work-forces would have represented an elite.After the collapse of the slave-trade the re-stocking of carpet workers came to an end.Simultaneously the demand for carpets in the West grew rapidly.The lacuna was filled by Turkmen women taking up extensive carpet-weaving activities at home,and eventually in factories set up by the Soviets.This was along the lines of the Kustar production-offensive mounted by the authorities in the Caucasus.It is known that the Turkmens bemoaned their inability to reproduce the older style carpets.By the time Russian researchers arrived in Turkestan,this was all a thing of the past.There is no mention of slavery at all in their works.

A further aspect to this might be considered.If the Turkmen göls were a kind of tribal emblem,who instigated this?The Turkmen always proudly described themselves as lacking an overall leadership(except in times of national crisis,as in the war against Russia)They were known as a lawless anarchic band.If the various “göls” were actually the “flags” of each tribe,who then decided this,and when?The idea starts to sound distinctly Soviet,like Moshkovas`s concept of the “dead göl”,whose implementation would have required a Central Committee.Can it be that a great many old Turkmen carpets were woven by slaves?And that the progenitors of design were not humble Turkmen tribeswomen,but professional carpet designers working in an urban,Turkmenised environment,whose Timurid- based designs eventually went viral?

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LARTA The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair 01/09/2022

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Photos from Antique Rug & Textile Show: ARTS's post 12/08/2021

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How Armenian Carpets Are Made

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From Shervin Ghorbany:
To see a person collection is to see her soul Cathryn Cootner
April 30, 1937 - February 25, 2021
Resident of Sonoma, Cathryn Cootner peacefully passed away on February 25, 2021. She was a brilliant, passionate, animated, vibrant woman, who built herself into a major figure in the art world.
Cathryn was born in Presque Isle, Maine, and graduated from Colby College in 1959. She moved to Boston, where she worked as a model, and a staffer for John F. Kennedy's Presidential Campaign. There, she met Paul H. Cootner, noted economist and MIT professor, and they married in 1964.
After moving to Palo Alto, where Paul taught economics at Stanford, Cathryn gave birth to a son, Joshua, in 1971. She was a 41-year-old housewife when Paul died suddenly in 1978, leaving her with a six-year-old to raise on her own. She had no income, no formal training in any field, and no family for 3,000 miles. Working long hours, she built a career out of her passion for textiles, turning herself into an internationally renowned expert.
In 1981, she became a curator of textiles at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a position she held for 16 years. During this time, she authored multiple books, including Anatolian Kilims: The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection. All the while, she was also a devoted mother, even finding time to coach Joshua's AYSO soccer team. They went undefeated.
After leaving the museum, she continued her career in the world of tribal art as an author, speaker, collector and dealer into her 80's.
Cathryn was always the most interesting person in the room, and also the most stylish. She was routinely stopped on the street by admirers not half her age who would compliment her fashion sense. An inexhaustible teller of jokes and stories, her voice lilted, her smile lit up a room, and her cackling laughter turned heads.
Cathryn was diagnosed with cancer in late 2020, and deteriorated rapidly. She was preceded in death by her twin sister Cynthia just 46 days prior. She is survived by her devoted son Joshua, her daughter in law, Jamie, and her granddaughter Charlotte.I have posted some of her treasures which are coming to material culture auction below.

Anatolian Fragments at Gallery 51 | 10/27/2021

Anatolian Fragments at Gallery 51 |

Samy's rugs. I remeumber enjoying them during a. visit to Samy and Sarah's place some years ago. Terrific pieces, especially if you love Anatolian rugs.

Anatolian Fragments at Gallery 51 |

Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets 10/27/2021

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Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets Bid in-person or online for the upcoming auction: Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets on 28 October 2021 at London

Arts Rug Show – Arts, antique, rug and textile show, San Francisco 10/27/2021

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Arts Rug Show – Arts, antique, rug and textile show, San Francisco Antique Rug & Textile Show: ARTS WE ARE BACK! ARTS San Francisco is returning for our 12th annual show! Visit us this year from Friday December 3rd to Sunday December 5th 2021 at… The Capri 2015 Greenwich St San Francisco, California Our venue is under contract and will be available for our dealer...

As Precious as Gold - Currier Museum: Currier Museum 10/27/2021

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As Precious as Gold - Currier Museum: Currier Museum Large Fragmentary Ushak “Quatrefoil” Carpet, 16th century; Anatolian, Turkey, Ottoman period; wool; 119 x 90 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of James F. Ballard 98:1929


A selection of details from the current exhibition. Here 📸:

Carpet with animal combats and mythical beasts
Lahore, Northern India
ca. 1600
188 x 70 cm, fragment

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Photos from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's post 10/27/2021

Photos from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's post

Jean Hoffman--Board Member, Investor, Entrepreneur, and Executive 10/21/2021

Jean Hoffman--Board Member, Investor, Entrepreneur, and Executive

Dear Rug Friends,

You are invited to join the New England Rug Society again for three new webinars.

“Yastiks: A Comparative Study of the Designs of Published and Unpublished Examples,” by Brian Morehouse Sunday Nov 7

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, the author of Yastiks: Cushion Covers and Storage Bags of Anatolia will cover a range of topics not in his 1996 book as well as presenting new examples that have appeared since the book’s publication 25 years ago.

Note: the date for Brian Morehouse’s webinar has changed to Sunday November 7 at 1:00PM Eastern Standard Time. Please check your time difference from Eastern Time -- the US changes back to Eastern Standard Time from daylight savings time the night before our webinar, so the time falls back 1 hour.

You must register by clicking below to receive the link to join the webinar. Feel free to share this invitation link, but do not share the link you will receive via email to join the webinar.

“Caucasian Rugs: Six Decades of Perspective on Design and Taste,” by Jim Burns. Part 1 Saturday Dec 4, Part 2 Sat Dec 11, both at 1:00pm ET

Jim Burns will join us from his home in Seattle to share and discuss examples in his collection of weavings from the Caucasus from the 16th century to the 19th century. Jim’s two part talk will cover the major weaving areas of the Caucasus and illustrate changes and modifications of rug designs over the centuries.

You must register for each of the two webinars by clicking below to receive the link to join the webinar. Feel free to share invitation links, but not the link to join the webinar.

Part 1 Sat Dec 4 1:00pm ET

Part 2 Sat Dec 11 1:00pm ET

We hope to see you online Sunday Nov 7 for Brian Morehouse on Yastiks and on two Saturdays, Dec 4 and 11 for Jim Burns on Caucasian Rugs, all three at 1:00pm ET. Please contact me with any questions.

Warm regards from Maine,


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Jean Hoffman--Board Member, Investor, Entrepreneur, and Executive Jean Hoffman is an Independent Board Member, investor, experienced generic specialty pharmaceutical and animal health executive, and entrepreneur.

Photos from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's post 10/13/2021

Photos from The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum's post

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