The American Conference on Oriental Rugs offered quite a few interesting focus and hands-on sessions held by collectors and rug-professionals. One of the focus sessions “Cicim and Zili: Weft-Patterned Weavings of Anatolia” by Donna Endres on April 22nd, turned out to be a real hands-on session, with very interested collectors discussing textiles with Donna Endres long after her session had ended.
Donna Endres is the owner of Istanbul to Samarkand Rug Gallery. Educated in art and art history, her “rug and textile life” began while living in Istanbul during the mid-80s, through study and visits to Anatolian weaving centers.
“The immense variety in both brocading techniques and the design canon is a tribute to the creative genius of, primarily, Turkmen tribal weavers who brought their design aesthetics with them from Central Asian to a new land — preserving and interpreting cherished motifs, while weaving in a manner better-suited to the new lifestyle and climate. These complex, largely overlooked vernacular weavings deserve much more attention,” remarked Endres.