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Turkish textiles & kilims show at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery

Jun '07
An unusual collection of Turkish textiles will be publicly shown for the first time beginning June 22 at Grinnell College's Faulconer Gallery.

Felted, Woven, Embellished: Turkish Textiles from a Private Collection features 41 textiles from the personal collection of Keith Achepohl, retired professor of art at the University of Iowa.

The weavings and felts on exhibition were made primarily in the province of Konya in the central Anatolian region of Turkey.

Weavings called tulus are made of hand-knotted glossy wool or goat hair in simple geometric patterns, while filiklis are made of the hair of the female angora goat, which, at upwards of 12 inches in length, is knotted into a warp and weft of sheep's wool.

Kilims, on the other hand, are flatweave rugs in which the patterns are established in the weaving of the warp and weft itself, occasionally with some additional tufting.

These are exhibited alongside the collection's large number of felts, which are still handmade in Turkey according to ancient traditions and used as floor coverings, sleeping mattresses, and for prayer.

Keith Achepohl, who taught printmaking at the University of Iowa for more than 30 years, was himself the focus of a solo exhibition at the Faulconer Gallery in 2004.

He is both an artist and collector, having exhibited widely over his career and acquired a varied art collection along the way, from which he has recently made gifts to public collections.

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