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Gendje Runner No.7

Gendje Runner No.7

Gendje Runner (No.7) from "Making Miniature Oriental Rugs & Carpets" by Meik and Ian McNaughton (Guild of Master Craftsman, c1998)

Finished July 2018. Worked on 28-count Monaco canvas with DMC floss; finished size 6 1/2 in. x 3 1/8 in. (16.5cm x 8cm). I converted the original Appleton's crewel wool shades to DMC floss, and lightened the colors a bit to "age" the carpet -- and added a "mend" at one corner!

The McNaughtons write of this late-19th-century design, "Gendje is in the southern Caucasus, midway between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. It has long been an important trading post for carpets, many of which are woven by Armenians. A typical design has the field filled with a series of diagonal bands in a repeating range of colours, each band containing repeated small motifs, in this case the comma-like botehs. Gendje carpets are often long in relation to their width, and these are usually described as 'runners'."