Carpets & Rugs

Tribal and Village Rugs: The Definitive Guide to Traditional Patterns and Motifs

by Peter F. Stone
This definitive work on the rich weaving traditions of the Near East and Central Asia analyzes the output of the six major regional and tribal groupings: Anatolian, Baluchi, Caucasian, Kurdish, Persian, and Turkmen. For the first time, the computer is used to systematize the study of motifs, designs, and patterns through more than 1,600 stunningly beautiful and functional full-color images, all especially created for this book.


Contemporary Rugs: Art and Design

by Christopher Farr, Matthew Bourne, Fiona Leslie
Although rugs woven in the classical style are still popular, it is the new wave of contemporary rug designers from the last ten years who are making news in the style and design magazines. Contemporary Rugs: Art and Design, by leading British rug designers Christopher Farr and Matthew Bourne, and Fiona Leslie of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the first book to explore the very best modern rug design from around the world.


Oriental Carpets and Their Structure: Highlights from the V&A Collection

by Jennifer Wearden
Oriental carpets have always been prized in the West as luxurious and beautiful objects, but understanding their structure is essential to fully appreciating them. This book showcases 100 superb examples from the Victoria and Albert Museum's outstanding collection, which represents all the major carpet-weaving traditions from China to Turkey and is of great interest to today's many collectors and connoisseurs of these precious works.


The Splendor of Antique Rugs and Tapestries

by Daniel Shaffer (Foreword), Parviz Nemati
For centuries, the design woven into Oriental rugs and the distinctive artistry of each rug-weaving area has reflected an uninterrupted cultural and historical tradition. The Splendor of Antique Rugs and Tapestries celebrates this glorious tradition in its sumptuous presentation of the remarkable achievements of weaving from the Oriental and Occidental world.


One Hundred Years of Navajo Rugs

by Marian E. Rodee
This history of Navajo weaving is a revised, expanded, and updated version of Marian Rodee's 1981 classic Old Navajo Rugs: Their Development from 1900 to 1940. Designed for the general reader, museum goer, or collector, it offers a guide to identifying and dating rugs by means of weaving materials. Wool quality, the author explains, is the single most important clue to the date of a rug's manufacture.


Carpets for the Home

by Amicia De Moubray
This book is more then just a reference guide of carpets from around the world. It shows how carpets can be used in various interiors, from country houses to a city pied-a-terre. The authors go into detail about color, design, and texture and use actual interiors to show the many ways that carpets can be used. From the great rooms of Chatsworth, to staircases, entry halls, bedrooms in a small cottage, nothing is left to the imagination. Useful chapters include "Care & Repair" and an excellent international directory.


Oriental Rugs Today: A Guide to the Best in New Carpets from the East

by Gordon W. Scott
What could be more necessary at this time than a well-written volume on the best of the new rugs presently available? The 'renaissance' that followed the reintroduction of vegetable dyes in Turkey and elsewhere is now an important part of the Oriental rug business. What we have lacked to date is a book that illustrates how far this revolution has advanced in the past dozen years. Emmett Eiland's book Oriental Rugs Today successfully fills this gap, with a warmth and personal touch few rug books match. This book is so thoroughly on the level that both novices and dealers can and will use it to considerable advantage. There is nothing of such a practical nature in all our previous literature. (James Opie, in HALI, March 2000)


Oriental Rugs: Turkoman

by Uwe Jourdan
Both of these works exemplify the craftsmanship of highly skilled weavers in Central Asia and provide insight into the lives and culture of various ethnic groups. The "Introduction and Survey" section of Turkoman, an English translation of Jourdan's renowned German work, gives a brief yet detailed overview of the background and characteristics of nomadic Turkoman tribal weaving, including the techniques, influences, and symbolic and ritualistic meaning of various designs. There is also a brief section on collecting Turkoman rugs and pricing trends. The major portion of this work is a catalog of different regional types of pile weaving.


The Oriental Rug Lexicon

by Peter F. Stone
These boos gives the reader tools for understanding, identifying, and selecting Oriental carpets, which have long been staples of elegant home decor. Sakhai, who comes from an Iranian family of experts, presents inside information about the history, traditions, meanings, weaving techniques, and characteristics of carpets from the many tribes of Persia. Readers will gain appreciation for rugs that are part of the everyday life of these people as they learn how to determine quality and authenticity as well as how to care for these treasures. Gorgeous full-color illustrations are accompanied by individual histories and thumbnail maps of the regions of their origins.


An Illustrated Guide to Making Oriental Rugs

by Gordon W. Scott
This book takes the mystery out of this centuries-old art form by illustrating, in detailed steps, how to build a loom and hand knot a rug as fine and intricate as those originating in the Middle East and the Orient. This unique book is a comprehensive self-instruction manual, written for both the diligent beginner and the experienced weaver, as well as the needlepoint devotee searching for challenging new designs.

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The Language Of Designs

by Hüseyin Alantar
The objective of "The Language of Designs" is to provide greater appreciation of carpets through an understanding of their designs. Uniting the functionality of carpets with the esthetic sensitivity that went into their creation reveals them as a source of joy, as objects of endless enjoyment. The union of functionality - carpets as practical objects - and esthetic composition - carpets as expression of a world View of truly historical dimensions - creates objects of endless enjoyment.

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Die Sprache Der Motive

by Hüseyin Alantar
Die Sprache der Motive" hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, durch eine fundierte Erklärung der Kompositionen von Teppichen zu einem besseren Verständnis dieses Kunstgegenstandes beizutragen. Durch die Verbindung von Funktionalität - als Gebrauchsgegenstand - und ästhetischer Komposition - als Ausdruck einer über historische Zeiträume tradierten Weltanschauung - entsteht ein Objekt, das immer wieder neu entdeckt werden kann.

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Art Deco and Modernist Carpets

by Susan Day
The design revolutions of the early 20th century were woven into the very fabric of the carpets and rugs of that era. Art Deco and Modernist Carpets, the first in-depth history, charts the evolution of carpet design out of the floral effusions of the Victorian salons and into the angular elegance of Art Deco and bold abstraction of Modernism popularized by the machine age.


A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art: The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets

by Christopher Alexander
Christopher Alexander owns what many now believe to be the finest collection of early Turkish carpets in the western world, with perhaps half being the only specimens of their kind anywhere. In this richly illustrated, oversized volume--featuring four hundred illustrations, eighty in full color--Alexander takes readers on an engaging tour of his fabulous collection.


The Carpet: Origins, Art and History

by Enza Milanesi
"The Carpet" celebrates its subject with clear and concise text as well as photographs and design diagrams that illustrate the most important ancient carpets. The stunning photographs capture the beauty and intricacy of this extraordinary art and play an important role in the critique and analysis of the various carpet specimens.


One Thousand Years of Turkish Carpets

by Oktay Aslanapa
The history of oriental carpet-making is intertwined with the lives of people, Turkic people who have migrated through the centuries from Central Asia Westwards. This book begins with a look at early carpet fragments – those prior to the first Turkic migrations. Then the study follows the people west into Muslim lands and then into the non-Muslim world.


Oriental Rugs: An Introduction

by Gordon Walker
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.