By Mary Skoy, Chair of the Library Committee
Weighing almost 7 lbs and measuring 11x 14 “ inches, this recent acquisition to the Weavers Guild library is a very big book. And once readers begin to page through Undiscovered Minimalism: Gelims from Northern Iran by Parviz Tanavoli (TT 850 .W68 T36 2011), they will be happy that this collection of rugs is illustrated on such a grand scale.
Over the course of the past two decades a previously unrecognized genre of startlingly modern looking large flat woven hangings and covers has emerged from an isolated highland region in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. This book chronicles that collection.
Woven in Hezar-jerib, these Kilims can be seen as “the archetype of sophisticated minimal design.”
The kilims, mostly large-sized and made up of two to six lengths sewn together, probably date from the end of the 19th to the middle of the 20th century. They were virtually unused, and their functions, purpose, even the techniques used in their manufacture are no longer familiar to the people of Hezar-Jerib.
This book will be an inspiration for textile artists in all media.
A copy is available in the Textile Center Pat O’Connor Library http://www.textilecentermn.org/library/