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16 May 2019THE LOST LANGUAGE AN EXPLORATION OF SYMBOLISM IN THE ANTIQUE WEAVINGS OF THE NOMADIC TRIBES OF PERSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA

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THE LOST LANGUAGE
AN EXPLORATION OF SYMBOLISM IN THE ANTIQUE WEAVINGS OF THE NOMADIC TRIBES OF PERSIA AND CENTRAL ASIA
Brian MacDonald Thursday 16 May 2019

The nomadic peoples of Ancient Persia and Central Asia were pre-Islamic and believed in Shamanism. Man is a symbol-making animal and this can be seen in the art of the nomadic peoples. Magical, cosmic and talismanic symbols played a major part in their everyday lives and so it was a natural progression for symbols to be woven into their rugs and weavings. It was a language that only they could read.

No rug in nomadic life was made purely for decoration – all had symbolic meaning and purpose. The weaver was able to weave or ‘write’ into the rugs, her own particular beliefs and interpretations of the events in her life at the time.

Today, these nomadic women no longer weave spontaneously and the language of symbols is lost. The meanings may now be forgotten by the weavers but the magical and spiritual symbols remain – part of the culture which has linked countless nomadic women for thousands of years.

The lecture will illustrate many of the symbols woven into rugs and weavings from the 19th century and earlier, exploring the symbolic representation and significance of this lost language.

 Lecture starts at 19.30.