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First Home: Soft Furnishings : The Beginner's Guide to Creating a Beautiful Home (First Home)Total Hits - 377  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Upholstery, curtains, linens, cushions, and pillows: these are all soft furnishings, and they offer the decorating novice an array of stylish and inexpensive options for making a home look great. From selecting the right material and figuring out costs to caring for each type, the information here shows how to make the most of these handy accessories. There’s an overview of fabrics, patterns, and styles, as well as a host of quick fixes and easy projects, such as beautiful pillowcases to sew and attractive window treatments to enhance individual spaces. A special section on solving furnishing problems deals with tricky areas and choosing items according to your lifestyle and budget.
 
ISBN: 0600610462   Date Published on 8/28/2004
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The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection : Carpets and TextilesTotal Hits - 493  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of classical carperts comprises every Near Eastern and Oriental country. In terms of Safavid carpets from Persia and Mughal carpets from India, it is unsurpassed by any other private collection.

In this catalogue, 70 carpets and 9 textiles are presented, each discussed in depth and illustrated in colour. Some 30 additional pieces are reproduced as comparative detail. Comprehensive introductions for each of the geographical groupings provide the reader with a complete overview of the classic oriental carpet
ISBN: 0856674966   Date Published on 5/2/2003
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Floorcloth Magic: How to Paint Canvas Rugs for Decorative Home Use Total Hits - 991  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
You're tired of staring at bare hardwood floors, but the cost of carpeting makes you cringe. You're fed up with endless vacuuming. You'd like to turn your creative energies to home decor. What to do? Make floorcloths! These hand-painted, durable canvas rugs were popular for centuries before the invention of linoleum and are experiencing a renaissance because they are beautiful, easy to clean, and non-allergenic. Moreover, they can be customized to fit the exact dimensions, color scheme, and style of any room in your home. Virtually indestructible, completely kid- and pet-proof, and easy to clean with a mop and water -- no wonder George Washington brought a beloved floorcloth to the White House (and took it away again at the end of his last term). A floorcloth is the perfect way to cover a bare floor and leave your personal artistic mark.
 
Floorcloth Magic offers complete instruction for selecting floorcloth materials and tools; easy-to-follow directions for mastering basic techniques; and guidelines for using decorative paint effects, including sponging, stamping, marbling, stenciling, and ragging. You will learn how to select color combinations and develop your own patterns. You'll also find inspiration for creating designs to fit every decorating style - from country to contemporary - in a gallery of full-color photos of works from a broad range of floorcloth artists.

Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Home design writer Couglin gives a thorough review of the numerous materials that can be used for floors, from wood to carpets to such novelties as leather and glass. She discusses historical background, safety, durability, practicality, and design concerns for each flooring option. Unfortunately, some of the projects shown here, such as refinishing wood floors, come with scant instructions. In contrast, Mair's inspiring work offers step-by-step instructions for preparing, painting, and finishing a floorcloth. Color photographs of professionals' cloths in a variety of styles will inspire amateur and experienced painters alike. Purchase Mair's title for public libraries and Coughlin's for interior design collections. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Clearly and concisely written, no confusion or contradictions like some other books on the same subject. Excellent section on contributing artists showing a wide diversity of styles.

ISBN: 1580174051   Date Published on 1/10/2002
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The Carpet : Origins, Art and HistoryTotal Hits - 685  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
Art historian Milanesi presents a beautiful photographic compendium of carpets representing the main geographic areas of production: Anatolia, Persia, the Caucasus, India, western and eastern Turkestan, China, and the historical European centers. More than just a pretty catalog, her book serves as a useful guide for identifying and studying carpets. Milanesi ably describes and illustrates materials, dyes, knots, and weaving technology and examines layout and design; also provided is an analysis of the cultures in which these carpets were created. The text combines a discussion of the symbolism of motifs with a visual presentation of photographs and design diagrams. While providing a comprehensive stylistic study and interpretation that will interest experts, Milanesi gives even a novice the ability to understand the decorative and technical aspects of these functional yet sophisticated artistic objects. Recommended for general and subject collections.
ISBN: 1552094383   Date Published on 10/1/1999
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Once Upon A CarpetTotal Hits - 1406  |  Hits Today - 1Rating:   Rating Average (8)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
The motto of Once Upon a Carpet is "never overlook what is underfoot," and after reading this book, you never will! In these pages, cool technical facts about wool, dyes, workmanship, and rug design are joined with heartwarming stories of once-upon-a-time happenings where oriental rugs play a part in the lives of real people. Once Upon a Carpet portrays oriental rugs in places people occupy: diplomatic, privileged, domestic, sacred, exotic, and unexpected spaces. Here you will find full-color photographs, reproductions of masterwork paintings, illustrations, historical anecdotes, and personal testimonies of individuals who have bonded with rugs in their lives. Particular musical compositions are suggested for listening pleasure, allowing you to enter more fully into the space each chapter describes. The book's deluxe features include a ruby red silken cover, inlaid rug photograph, gold foil stamping, gilded pages, and a satin ribbon, making this book a visual and tactile delight. The book appeals to the committed collector, enthusiastic ruggie, and even a curious newcomer, providing each with a newfound appreciation for the charm, mystery, and beauty of oriental rugs.
ISBN: 0967269806   Date Published on 7/16/1999
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From Desert and Oasis: Arts of the People of Central AsiaTotal Hits - 674  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This publication was created to accompany an exhibition at The Georgia Museum of Art. Guest curator George O'Bannon composed essays about the different creative styles of tribal groups in Central Asia. Pieces included in the exhibition were made mostly by nomadic people for everyday use. Urban artists designed the remainder of objects discussed in the publication. The book attempts to explore the cultural variety and significance of the exhibition.
ISBN: 0915977346   Date Published on 11/1/1998
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Rugs & Carpets : Techniques, Traditions & DesignsTotal Hits - 549  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (1)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating

Rugs & Carpets begins by tracing the development of carpet-making and introduces the immense range of rugs and carpets produced since 1800. Being able to identify rugs and carpets is an important part of understanding them and a useful illustrated chart shows how to decipher weavings from different countries. There are also helpful explanatory diagrams and photographs that illustrate the different techniques involved in carpet-making, as well as information on designs, styles and motifs. This book journeys to all the major carpet-making regions, including the Caucasus, Turkestan, Turkey, Persia, India, China, Tibet, Europe, North Africa and North America. Handsome maps depict the major production areas of each region and the author, Andrew Middleton, closely examines rugs and carpets made by village and city workshops, as well as tribal weavings. Buying and caring for your rug or carpet are major considerations. At the end of the book is a section on where (and where not) to buy rugs and carpets and how to buy at auction or from a dealer. The author also provides useful advice on care and restoration, plus tips on display.

ISBN: 1857326342   Date Published on 10/16/1997
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Jewish Carpets : A History and GuideTotal Hits - 1238  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (2)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This is the first book ever written about Jewish carpets. The history of these rugs goes back nearly 4,000 years and offers a unique and novel insight into Jewish culture through the centuries as well as into cross-cultural history. Background documentation ranges widely through descriptions taken from the Bible, Roman and Talmudic writings, the riches of the Genizah, the reports of medieval travellers, as well as archaeology and folklore. One hundred individual carpets woven in Israel, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Greece, Bulgaria and the Ukraine are illustrated in colour and accompanied by individual commentaries and statistical information. These carpets range in date from the fourteenth century to the present day. The book describes the many varied purposes for which the carpets were woven. It surveys the religious carpets hanging as protection for the Ark in the synagogue and as pointers to Jerusalem in the home. It examines the early Zionist carpets which forged a new post-Ghetto Jewish identity, directing people towards the Bible lands at the same time as creating skills and work there. It covers the fascinating carpets from ORT (the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) in which we find socialist symbols surprisingly interwoven with Jewish symbols. It also reviews some remarkably fine Islamic carpets signed by Jews.
ISBN: 1851492593   Date Published on 8/1/1997
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Carpet and Textile PatternsTotal Hits - 689  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
This book brings together for the first time in one volume the wide range of patterns and motifs used in antique textiles in the East and West. It examines the treatment of similar patterns - floral, pictorial, tree and leaf patterns, crosses and so on - by weavers of different origins. Each chapter takes a theme out of which a number of patterns have sprung, and begins with a succinct explanatory text on interpretations of the theme by various weavers. This is followed by a wide selection of colour illustrations showing the diverse treatment of that theme in carpets and textiles, together with detailed captions describing the weavers' techniques and their use of pattern and colour. Superbly illustrated in full colour, this attractive and affordable book provides a rich source of inspiration for both designers and design students as well as being invaluable for carpet enthusiasts.
ISBN: 1856690814   Date Published on 10/1/1996
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Rugs and Carpets of the WorldTotal Hits - 1427  |  Hits Today - 0Rating:   Rating Average (0)    |  View Ratings  |  Add Your Rating
A complete survey of fine carpets and rugs from Oriental, Persian, Indian, Chinese to modern art weaving.
ISBN: 0785802010   Date Published on 6/1/1994

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