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Felting and Iran 1

In 2005 and 2006 I have been visiting Iran. I have some Iranian friends and they helped me preparing the voyage.

I have been to Teheran, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, and some little villages in the Province of Mazandaran, situated at the Caspian Sea. I was warmly welcomed by relatives of my friends and could stay with them as long as I wished.

In the first place I wanted to experience Iran just for myself, feel it, sense it, talk with people, visiting some famous places etc. Secondly, in between, I would look for felt.

In her excellent documented book, The Art of the Felt Maker, Mary E. Burkett describes felting in Iran in a wonderful way. Her book I used as a guideline as well as Melina and Bamdad Raissnia´s experiences (Turkotek Salon).

The first felt I came across was in Isfahan’s famous Bazar. A large square piece of felt, about 2 by 2 metres, with a reverse contemporary design.

A week later, when I came back to visit his shop and buy a beautiful Kelim I always wanted, the owner had flipped the side of the felt, which I saw immediately. I remember he said, this piece of felt was made in North Eastern Iran.

I can´t remeber if he talked about the Province Golestan. But that could be possible since in M. E. Burket´s book, The Art of the Felt Maker on page 43 one can read ´Turkmen designs..........They are nearly always double-face; that is the base is planned with its own simple design of lattice or dots on the reverse side, while the upper surface bears the main motif`.

We had pleasant and interesting conversations about felt, Kilim´s, tapestry, Suzankâri´s (suzan means needle in Farsi) and I whish I had taken more pictures of this beautiful piece of felt. See picture.

To be continued……….

Gepubliceerd op: 20-02-2011


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