NERS Adopts a
(reproduced from the NERS newsletter, Vol. IX,
The NERS has just
assumed a whole new role: foster parent. We've
adopted a beautiful old kilim from western
This latest bit of
charity is in response to a clever fundraising program called Adopt-a-Kilim
conceived by NERS members Bethany Mendenhall and Charles Lave, the
ultimate beneficiary of which will be Josephine
Powell's planned Anatolian Cultural
Heritage Center in Istanbul, Turkey.
Josephine, whom many
NERS members will remember from her fascinating talk on 11/15/96, has
amassed an important collection of Anatolian rugs and textiles, along with
thousands of photographs documenting the life of
Turkey's nomadic tribes. Fundraising is
now underway to create a facility where these
priceless artifacts and visual records will be permanently housed and
In the meantime, there
are many important kilims in Josephine’s
collection that require cleaning and restoration.
and that is where the Adopt-a-Kilim
program comes in. Prospective donors are invited to look through a book of
kilim photographs, each marked with the
donation needed to restore it, and make their choice. When the piece is
finally hung on display, the donor's
name will be inscribed on its placard.
The NERS "adopted" kilim
(click on the image for a
more detailed view)
At ACOR 6, the NERS
made a $300 donation and adopted the beautiful old Yuncu
shown in the photograph
above. Its field is a rich, deep,
abrashed red surrounding a dramatic medallion done in ivory, brown
and midnight blue. Size is 4'9" x 6'3".
This is an extremely
important program that warrants participation by all of us, and we urge
individual NERS members to consider adopting a kilim
as well. You can
the details on this website.
Be generous; it's
for a wonderful cause!
Update on 06/07/02 - Mark Hopkins provides the following
The piece is also very similar – in
fact almost identical – to a kilim fragment published as Plate 54 in
Jürg Rageth’s book Anatolian Kilims & Radiocarbon Dating. Carbon
dating of the piece puts its age at 145 years plus or minus 45 years.
The calibrated age at 95% confidence limits is: AD 1671-1783 (44.3%);
AD 1794-1899 (38.1%). The kilim resides in the Vok collection, and is
described by Jürg as a sofreh or eating cloth.
1. Bethany Mendenhall adds "...the NERS kilim is a Yuncu type, from
the Balikesir area in NW Anatolia. You can see another closely related one
from the Galveston (i.e., Bartels) collection in plate 12 of the second
Petsopoulos kilim book,
Kilims, Masterpieces from Turkey (pub. in the US by Rizzoli, 1991 --
this book is based on an exhibit in Munich called '100 Kilims')."