<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"><html><head><META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><title>APR 08.doc</title><style type="text/css" media="print">.hide{display:none}</style></head><body style="margin:0;padding:0"><div class="hide"><div style="background:#ffffcc;padding:4 8;border-bottom:thin solid #eeeeee;font-family:Arial,sans-serif"><a href="/mail/?view=att&th=119501c720ce0299&attid=0.1&disp=attd&zw">Download the original attachment</a></div></div><div style="margin:1ex"> <div> <p><font size="5" face="Sylfaen"><b> SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RUG SOCIETY </b></font></p> <p><font size="6" face="Sylfaen"><b> April Newsletter</b> <b> 2008 </b></font></p> <br> <br> <p align="center"><font size="4" face="Times New Roman"><b>Next Meeting</b></font></p> <h1 align="center"><font size="6" face="Poor Richard"><b>Seccade, Part Two:</b></font></h1> <p align="center"><font size="6" face="Poor Richard"><b>Anatolian Prayer Kilims</b></font></p> <br> <br> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>April 23, 2008</b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Reception Begins at 6:30 pm</b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Presentation and Show and Tell: 7:15  9:00 pm</b></font></p> <br> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Peter Papp Gallery</b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>470 Jackson Street, San Francisco</b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Telephone: 415-956-3300</b></font></p> <br> <br> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">As a follow-up to our well-received presentation on Anatolian prayer carpets, SFBARS will look at the variety of  seccade prayer kilims from Anatolia. Our host Peter Papp and I will present some examples, lead the discussion, and encourage our members to show some pieces from their collections. </font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Unlike most prayer carpets, which tended to be reserved for use in mosques, kilim seccade were often made for personal use in the home or were portable. While most of the pile seccade were made in well known weaving workshops associated with the major towns of Anatolia, the prayer kilims were made almost anywhere. For this reason there is much greater stylistic variation in kilim seccade, and therefore they are much harder to attribute to a specific geographic location. Nevertheless, dealers and a variety of books on kilims have provided us with many precise labels. I suggest that these enable us to divide prayer kilims into several subdivisions. </font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">One group is prayer kilims from Western Anatolia. Interestingly, the locations we usually associate with pile prayer rugs, like Melas, Ushak, Bergama and Kula, etc., are not commonly associated with kilim seccade. Instead we hear about Afyon, Dazkiri, Eskishehir, Mihalicik, Aydin, and Sivrihisar, towns somewhat further into the interior of Anatolia and away from the major coastal commercial areas. In addition there are the  Yoruk weavings from the nomadic Turkmen tribes around Balikesir and Denizli, which are normally labeled as  Yuncu or  Aydinli. We will show off a classic Sivrihisar stepped prayer kilim, which exemplifies the weavings of this west Anatolian group, and may represent the seven layers of heaven. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Another group of flat woven seccade is considered to be from central Anatolia, especially from the towns and Sufi shrine centers that ring the central Konya plateau: Corum, Elmadag, Cankiri, Kayseri, Mut, and Cumra. Of this group the most recognizable weavings are the well known kilim seccades from Obruk, with their totemic antlers and snake motifs. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Southern and southwestern weavings are influenced by Arab or Kurdish aesthetics, as distinct from the more northerly seccade from the headwaters of the Tigris, Euphrates and Aras rivers. The northern kilims use more floral motifs and a softer palette. Most recognizable prayer kilims from this region are labeled Erzerum or Kars, but should more accurately be called Bayburt, Kagizman, Zara, and Gumushane. Interestingly, there seem to be no seccades from the Kurdish tribes around Van. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Other weaving centers were Sivas and Malatya. We will examine closely a group of seccade kilims from a region south of Kayseri, known as Yahyali. This summer pastureland for nomadic tribes was the  yurt of the Afshar tribes in the 14th-15th centuries, and the weavers of Yahyali are well-known in the 20th century for their pile carpets woven with a distinctive purple hue. Their kilims are less well-known but also quite distinctive. We will bring along a good map of Turkey to help us identify the weaving centers, as well as some books that illustrate other examples of seccade kilims.</font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><b>SHOW AND TELL</b>: We encourage SFBARS members to show off their own seccade kilims or other Anatolian weavings, whether you know their origin or not. Bring in your favorite piece and let us all enjoy it. Peter Papp may find some examples from his inventory and certainly will contribute his discerning eye to help us appreciate the weaving magic of Anatolian kilims.</font></p> <br> <p align="right"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>S. Peter Poullada</i></font></p> <br> <br> <br> <br> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><b>REMINDER ON MEMBERSHIP</b></font></p> <br> <p align="justify"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">We still have not received dues renewals from about 40 members. We will be sending out final reminders shortly. If you are not sure if you have renewed or not, please contact our Membership Director, Jacqueline Van Lang, at the email address provided below. We will continue to send out newsletters and announcement to everyone for the next two events, but starting in September we will only be sending newsletters to members who have paid their dues.</font></p> <br><p> <br></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><b> UPCOMING EVENTS</b></font></p> <br><a name="0.1_table01"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="590"> <tr valign="top"><td height="40"><h3><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>SFBARS</b></font></h3> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Event</b></font></p></td> <td> <br><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>May 14</u>.  <b>A Zagros Mountain Showdown. </b> Simonian Gallery, San Mateo. Our theme will be weavings of the tribes of southwestern Iran. Show and tell plus a viewing of the movie <i>People of the Wind</i> about the </font></td></tr> </table> </div> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Bakhtiari migrations. This is jointly hosted by The Armenian Rug Society. Details to follow later this month.</font></p> <br><a name="0.1_table02"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="590"> <tr valign="top"><td height="40"><h3><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>SFBARS</b></font></h3> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Event</b></font></p></td> <td> <br><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>June 22.</u> <b> Annual picnic </b>at Jim Dixon s carpet palace in Occidental, California. Once again this will be a pot-luck. Please contact Nancy Sheppard, 415 315 8285 or </font><a href="mailto:nashesf@sbcglobal.net" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>nashesf@sbcglobal.net</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">, to volunteer a dish </font></td></tr> </table> </div> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">(appetizer, main course, dessert, etc.).</font></p> <br> <br> <br> <p><font color="#231F20" size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Members: If you know of upcoming lectures, exhibitions, etc. of potential interest to the SFBARS membership, please send the information to</i> </font><a href="mailto:elizabeth.shedd@att.net" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>elizabeth.shedd@att.net</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">.</font></p> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br><a name="0.1_table03"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="618" border="2" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr><td> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr valign="top"><td height="2"> <br><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>SFBARS Board Members</b></font> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Peter Poullada President</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jon Eldan Secretary</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Pat Leiser Treasurer</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jacqueline Van Lang Membership</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Elizabeth Shedd Newsletter</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Hillary Dumas Website</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jim Dixon</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Renee Rausin</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Sandra Whitman</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Bob Dunn </font></p> <br> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman">Murray Eiland Emeritus</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman">John Sommer, M.D. Emeritus</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p></td> <td> <br><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>Members may contact Peter Poullada at <a href="mailto:sppoullada@sbcglobal.net" target="_blank">sppoullada@sbcglobal.net</a>.</b></font> <p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>The San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society is a nonprofit organization whose publications and events are supported by your subscriptions. Individual subscriptions are $40 annually, $60 for two people at the same address. Please send renewals, address changes, or subscriptions to Jacqueline Van Lang, SFBARS Membership, 6 Muir Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610. </b> <b><a href="mailto:jvanlang@hotmail.com" target="_blank">jvanlang@hotmail.com</a>. For more information about SFBARS, including information about membership, an archive of past Newsletter articles, rug pictures and other features, please explore the SFBARS website at <a href="http://www.sfbars.org" target="_blank">www.sfbars.org</a></b>.<b><u> </u></b></font></p> <br></td></tr> </table> </td></tr> </table> </div> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>San Francisco </b></font></p> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>Bay Area</b></font></p> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>Rug Society</b></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">6 Muir Avenue <br> Piedmont, CA 94610</font></p> </div> </div></body></html>