Carpets and Rugs
Imperial Threads: Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India
Imperial Threads
Motifs and Artisans from Turkey, Iran and India
Hardcover      ISBN: 8836636179

Imperial Threads brings a new perspective to Islamic art by exploring the connection between four major dynasties--the Ottoman (1299-1923), Timurid (1370-1507), Safavid (1501-1736) and Mughal (1526-1857) empires--that mark the start of the early modern period.

(Due to the development of firearms during that period, these dynasties are commonly referred to as the "Gunpowder Empires.") Focusing on carpets as the primary medium, the volume also features manuscripts, metalwork, ceramics and more. Across a wide range of mediums, we find a selection of recurring motifs, some of which have maintained their original form or evolved stylistically to conform with cultural and artistic trends. These objects are contextualized within the politics and artistic production of their time.

Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins
Oriental Rugs
An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804843732
This monumental reference work--long awaited by collectors and scholars--fills an essential gap in the available literature on oriental rugs.

Lavishly illustrated with over 1000 photographs and drawings, it offers clear and precise definitions for the rug and textile terms in use across a broad swath of the globe--from Morocco to Turkey, Persia, the Caucasus region, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and China. Covering priceless museum-quality rug traditions as well as modern centers of production, Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins draws on classical scholarship as well as current terminology in use among producers and traders in these areas today. It focuses primarily on the vibrant hand-knotting and hand-weaving traditions of the Near East and Central Asia, but also includes some examples of Scandinavian and Native American weavings.

Oriental rugs are receiving ever-increasing attention and recognition in the field of art history. Tribal weavings especially have become a focus for new research, and Oriental Rugs provides a new understanding of many distinctive traditions that were previously understudied, such as the weavings of southwest Persia, Baluchistan and Kurdistan. This concise oriental rug reference book is a must-have for scholars and anyone serious about collecting rugs, selling rugs or the rug trade in general. Additional reference information also includes:
  • Foreign terms
  • Place names
  • The Oriental Rug lexicon
  • Museums with notable rug collections
  • Oriental rug internet sites

Tribal Rugs
Tribal Rugs
Paperback      ISBN: 156656218x

This book is regarded as the most authoritative work on tribal rugs. It paints a fascinating picture not only showing superb examples of tribal rugs, but also the way in which they are woven and the life of the tribes themselves.

Visions of Nature: The Antique Weavings of Persia
Visions of Nature
The Antique Weavings of Persia
Hardcover      ISBN: 1884167233
A superbly illustrated and handsomely crafted book of antique Persian textiles from the collection of James D. Burns.