Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Hali Publications Ltd (April 18, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.7 x 11.1 inches
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Ballard gets my vote as the greatest rug collector.These are only his gift to the St. Louis Museum, where the exhibition is being held.The other half of his collection is in the Met in NY.Unlike most of the billionaire entrepreneur robber barons of his time, he exclusively focused on rugs only.
I just attended the show and purchased the book a few days prior to viewing the exhibit. The book is a worthwhile supplement to viewing the exhibit. Excellent color reproductions of the carpets although the book includes rugs not in the exhibit. Descriptions at times not complete. For example at the entrance to the exhibit a rug with a badly faded border is displayed but the problem is not discussed in the book. Actually most of the carpets are in poor condition which is understandable since the rugs are quite old and were mostly antiques when purchased. A note on the exhibit itself which was in some minor respects disappointing. Two tents were displayed but you could not look in them. The pictures in the book gave you a much better view inside the tents then was available at the exhibit. No rear view of the rugs was available at the exhibit but photos of the backs were provided in the book. Still for lovers of Oriental carpets both the book and the show are must sees.
An important addition to the corpus of oriental rug resource material. Most of the rugs in the Ballard collection have never been published in color before so this catalog fills a gap in the literature and at a reasonable price to boot.
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