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I spotted this Persian Varamin Area Shahsevan Ru-korsi on www.Cloudband.com offered by one of the World's top experts in the field, my old friend John Wertime author of the landmark book Sumac Bags.
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Persian Varamin Area Shahsevan kilim (ru-korsi)
I note the similarities between the bands of the Persian Varamin Area Shahsavan Ru-korsi and the main border of the Gold Field Floral Lattice Marasali Prayer Rug. I have been working on a theory that Marasali prayer rugs are actually from Masally.
Marasali rugs are attributed to a village south of Shemaka in the Shirvan region of the Caucasus. Kaffel, Caucasian Prayer Rugs page 34. I now have some doubts about that and am wondering if Marasali is actually Masally. Masally is a town in Azerbaijan bordering Lenkoran, and Neftechalinski. It is primarily Azeri ethnically and was a major rug producing area. It is south of Shemaka, north of Talish, east of Mogan against the Caspian.
Massalin is the dialect of Talish Ethnologue: Azerbaijan - Talish spoken in Masally and as such I suggest that there is a possibly that Marasali rugs are Masally rugs and should be seen as a subgroup of Talish. I will post more as I explore the idea. One stumbling block is that as my friend Ralph Kaffel reminds me that structurally Marasali rugs are firmly in the Shirvan group. (Telephone call with Ralph Kaffel 8/29/00)
I am struck by the fact that many of the Shahsevan were of Talish origin and that this similarity of design may be more than happenstance. At least this will give me a little to ponder over these long winter nights.
I wrote the following in regards to a Talish rug and it seems pertinient to this discussion. If we can trace the roots of Moghan Shahsevan to the Talysh then it is not a far jump to the Veramin Shahsevan as well.
For another Marasali with this border please see Antique Marasali Prayer Rug.
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J. Barry O'Connell Jr.
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