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|How can one tell a Persian carpet from a Rumanian copy? Where did today's oriental carpet designs originate? How do the weavers' ethnic origins influence the artistic value of tribal rugs?
These are just a few of the hundreds of points that are considered in this comprehensive survey by P.R.J. Ford who, drawing on his many years of experience in the trade, shows how to recognize the different structural and design features of oriental rugs and carpets. The full range of designs used throughout the Orient - from the Balkans to Peking - is grouped not according to place of origin but according to the essential characteristics of the designs themselves. This approach illuminates the cultural background of each design, revealing at once the similarities and the differences between the interpretations of the various carpet-weaving areas.
The author shows the vital influence that the ethnographic histories of the various carpet-producing regions exercised over all important designs. yet he is basically concerned with the present, with the millions of oriental carpets on sale today. Illustrations of representative examples of modern types, with descriptions of their key characteristics - construction, materials, sizes, colors - and of the clues which establish a rug's precise origins, appear together with a balanced appraisal of the qualities, good or bad, of modern production from any one town, village or tribal area. The Introduction presents an account of the general history and essential features of oriental carpets. Extensive cross-referencing and detailed indexes make this an invaluable reference guide for the professional user or for anyone who has an appreciation of and an interest in the rugs of the Orient.
ISBN: 0500276641 Date Published on 4/29/2006
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|Sakhai, a London rug dealer from a family of carpet weavers, shares his expertise on history, identification, and value of oriental carpets in this reasonably priced book. He offers tips on judging materials, dyes, patterns, age, and condition when selecting a carpet to buy. In handy guidebook format he describes different types of carpets, accompanied by color and black-and-white photographs (color photographs not seen). The author discusses value in comparative terms only, so prospective buyers will need to study the market to determine fair prices. Caucasian Carpets & Covers is a scholarly work by the curators who assembled the 1994 exhibit "From Kuba to Kars" at the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. Their book includes knotted pile rugs from the Caucasus in addition to the materials in that exhibit. The text is detailed and comprehensive, accompanied by maps and photographs, mostly in color. Much of the historical material is from Russian sources available only in the former Soviet Union. Unfortunately, full-page color-detail photographs have no captions, making it necessary for the user to search through the volume for the source photograph to identify the detail. Otherwise, the presentation is excellent; this is a major work in the field. Both books are highly recommended for both public and academic libraries.?Constance Ashmore Fairchild, formerly with Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-Champaign|
ISBN: 1559211466 Date Published on 5/7/2006
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|Murray Eiland's Oriental Rugs has long been the standard introduction to oriental rugs. The authors have extended the range of the book by incorporating new material on Chinese and Indian rugs, and the text has been completely revised. The plates of all the illustrations have been remade, and many of the rugs shown are new to this edition. The book's focus is the nineteenth- and twentieth-century weaving of the Middle and Far East. This is introduced by a brief history of carpets, followed by a discussion of weaving techniques, dyes, and design. Traditional practices are described, along with modern innovations, such as computer-aided design. The use of synthetic dyes and the recent revival of natural dyes are given a balanced appraisal. The importance and methodology of technical analysis is firmly emphasized. The endmatter includes extensive notes, a bibliography, and an index. The book includes more than 330 color illustrations, the majority of them new to this edition. They show classic pieces along with others that are more likely to be available to readers. Where possible, the captions include a structural analysis. |
ISBN: 0821225480 Date Published on 4/24/2006
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|This publication traces and analyses the art of the oriental carpet over a period of two and a half thousand years. The author's research has resulted in completely new contextual insights amounting to nothing less than a revision of the history of the oriental carpet. He has been able to trace patterns back to Phrygian and other traditions, which survived in the work of Armenian craftsmen up to the beginning of our own century: carpets as symbols of power and as deeply religious abstract textile icons.
The oriental carpet is neither of nomadic origin, nor do its origins lie in central Asia; it is a product of ancient oriental civilizations in the Armenian uplands at the crossroads of the oldest trade routes between west, north and south. The author's assertion is supported by an unprecedented wealth of full-colored illustrations showing the finest and most important examples of the art of the carpet. The illustrations include book illumination, painting, decorative art and architectural details and elucidate previously unknown developments.
This work documents what is probably Armenia's greatest contribution to cultural history. It is a must for any connoisseur of carpets and for anyone who does not wish merely to dream of the Orient.
ISBN: 3822805459 Date Published on 4/30/2006
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|What an absolutely perfect craft Frank Cooper has come up with in these miniature needlepoint Persian, Caucasian, and Turkish carpets! They are simple, beautiful, unusual, and portable. The miniatures are typically between 6-9 inches in width and 10-16 inches in length, and though they are quite detailed, the stitches are not impossibly tiny. Cooper uses a #18 canvas (18 stitches per 2.5 cm), which allows these little jewels to work up surprisingly quickly. The instructions are plainly written; the charts are the book's only real drawback, as they must really be enlarged on a copier to be usable by the average needleworker. But the patterns are authentic, taken from rugs Cooper has studied closely in his travels, and the color photographs and the historical background he adds to each rug's description are alone worth the price of the book.|
ISBN: 093402698X Date Published on 5/7/2006
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|Essential for all oriental rug scholars, collectors, dealers, and Islamic art historians, this is the first comprehensive bibliography written in English on oriental rug literature. ...the sheer amount of detail that is reflected throughout this book and the tremendous amount of dedication, discipline, thought, and plain hard work required to collect and organize it combine to remind us of the gratitude that we owe Mr. O'Bannon.|
ISBN: 0810828995 Date Published on 4/29/2006
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|Most of the oriental rugs bought worldwide have been made recently; yet most of the information available is on antique rugs. Here is the only comprehensive guide to modern rugs that gives all the help a buyer needs to find the right rug at the right price. 80 illustrations, 40 in color. |
ISBN: 0500275173 Date Published on 5/7/2006
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|The rugs of Persia, Turkey, and many other countries of Muslim Asia constitute one of the richest seams of art anywhere in the world-and it is an art that can be part of one's home, adding character and distinction to even the smallest room. But the infinite variety of styles, sizes, and prices, as well as the difficulty of assessing value and authenticity, frequently intimidates the inexperienced purchaser. Here, at last, is a simple but serious introduction for the novice, providing a complete overview of the subject in a well-organized, easily followed text. Expert Gordon Walker explains the vocabulary of rugs, the techniques of identification, how rugs are made, the great families of rug styles, and the pitfalls that await the unwary buyer. A most welcome guide, complete with a color-coded chart to help with decorating schemes and 200 fine color photos. |
ISBN: 1853753165 Date Published on 5/7/2006
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|The history of the region and the various types and styles of rug are traced in an illustrated catalogue with comprehensive captions, ranging from antique and rare to modern and fake pieces. |
ISBN: 1851490914 Date Published on 5/7/2006
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|Demystifying a confusing and intimidating subject, Oriental Rugs Today is the first book devoted exclusively to new pieces. It discusses issues of dye and finish, looks country by country at examples from every major contemporary source, and profiles the artisans who revived the use of handspun wool and natural dyes. Written for both aficionado and novice, this edition includes 20 percent more material and new information on Nepalese and Iranian rugs, making this must-have guide to the subject. 100 color photos are included. |
ISBN: 1893163032 Date Published on 4/30/2006