National Geographic : 1939 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society Finlay Photograph by Bernard F. Rogers, Jr. TURKISH COLLEGE GIRLS COMPETE WITH MODERN MACHINERY BY MANUAL SKILL In the Agricultural College at Ankara this student uses the age-old Ghiordes (Gordes) knot, tied by hand. Rug weavers, prohibited by Mohammedanism from using pictures, followed geometrical patterns such as those at the left. As each knot is tied, the tuft is pulled down so that when the rug is finished it will have two tones, the lighter one caused by the sheen on the side of the yarn and the darker by the ends of the tufts. Designs once local are now widely copied, Bokhara patterns being woven in China, and Afghan in Anatolia.