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.
Date Published 8/1/1997
Rated By: toothygrin
From: San Francisco, CA
Comments: To understand the Jews, walk a mile on their carpets. I have been studying the world of rugs and carpets for 2 years. Reading about the tradition and place of rugs & rugweaving in the Islamic world goes a very long way to explain who Muslims are.
I never found an equivalent artform in the Jewish world--until I discovered this book.
The author describes the attributes and history of those rugs known to have been made by Jews & containing in-woven Jewish iconography. He delves into the Israeli Arts & Crafts movement, whose apotheosis was Boris Schatz and the Bezalel (pronounced beit-TSA-lel)factory-school of crafts.
I cannot overemphasize how fascinating the Anton Felton's book is.
Rated By: David H. Morrison
From: detroit, michigan
Comments: Jewish Carpets a History and Expaination I have read and know this book since it's publication and in fact know the author well. The history associated with Jews and Carpets is facinating, considering that oriental rugs are usually considered for the most part the domaine and art form of Islam. During the golden age of carpets, Jews and Muslems worked together and advanced the artform in cooperation. This is a must read for any rug collector and in particular a historical guide for Jews interested in the subject. Mr Felton writes with a passion and gift that "weaves" history, culture and give the people involed a voice uniuqe in books about carpets and their origins.