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 Kilim : The Complete Guide : History Pattern Technique Identification

Bold, distinctive patterns; brilliant colors; astonishingly diverse decoration; affordability - these are some of the characteristics that explain the popularity of the marvelous flatwoven textiles from the Near and Far East known in the West as kilims . In recent years, demand for them has reached unprecedented levels, fueled by a new recognition of the special qualities of handmade ethnic crafts. The most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated survey to date, Kilim: The Complete Guide corrects many misconceptions in its examination of the origins and history of these unique cloths and of the people who weave them. Hundreds of color illustrations, many taken especially for this volume, offer a remarkable blend of information and dazzling visual allure. A detailed account of techniques - materials, dyes and dying, tools, kilim structures, and weaving - is followed by a systematic analysis of motifs and symbolism. Here, the complex relationship between Islam and the animistic or shamanistic traditions that preceded it is explored, as is the equally important lore of the bazaar and the marketplace. Four major sections, devoted to the specific characteristics of each region, tribe, and kilim type, present the fruits of much original research and fully inform readers about any kilim they are likely to encounter: those from the North African countries of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia; the enormously important kilims of Anatolia; the riches of Persia and the Caucasus; and - for some, the most attractive of all - the creations of the Afghanistani and Central Asian nomads. Chapters on new kilims and the uses of kilims - as bags and wall hangings as well as rugs - together with a directory to international kilim auction houses; a listing of dealers, sources and services; and a reference guide to the collecting, care, and further study of kilims conclude what will swiftly become the standard work on a widely appealing subject.

  Date Published 7/1/1993

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Comments: This is my favorite book on Flatweaves
This is my favorite book on Flatweaves. It covers more than just kilims and is very comprehensive. If you are interested in any Flatweaves you should have this book. I use this book when I am trying to identify flatweaves and I find it a simple, user friendly, but comprehensive resource.
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Comments: A magnificent kilim picture book for the tribal rug fanatic
Gorgeous rugs. Gorgeous photographs. Lots of them. For people who love oriental rugs, especially funky tribal rugs, and for people who are demanding about the pleasure they expect from rug books--this book is a great find.
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Comments: Everything I Wanted to Know About Kilims
This book is very informative. I wanted to become knowledgable about Kilims and this book has really helped me to become so. The photographes are very beautiful. I hope to become an advid collector and with the information from this book I am a confident buyer.