Oriental Carpet Design : A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols, Paperback

Oriental Carpet Design : A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols Paperback

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In this review, the author draws upon his experience in the trade, in order to demonstrate how to recognize the different structural and design features of oriental rugs and carpets.

All the types made throughout the Orient - from the Balkans to Peking - are grouped here, not by place of manufacture but by design, illuminating the history of each pattern.

The author shows the vital influence of the ethnographic backgrounds of the various carpet-producing centres over all important designs.

He presents illustrations of contemporary examples and descriptions of key characteristics - construction, materials, sizes, colours - together with an area-by-area appraisal of the quality of modern production.

An introductory account of the history and essential features of oriental carpets contributes to this volume's usefulness as a reference guide.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages, 800 illustrations, 400 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Textile artworks: carpets & rugs
  • ISBN: 9780500276648



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I lived in the Middle East and my Afghani carpet dealer recommended this book calling it "the Bible" for any collector. The color pictures and pattern by pattern breakdown help you get a feel for the beauty of this unique art form. My only complaint is that the carpets pictured are all museum quality and not on offer to your average collector! If you are just getting started or if you've been collecting rugs for a while, this book is an essential addition to your reference library.