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Tribal Rugs: A Complete Guide To Nomadic And Village Carpets

Providing a survey of the rug weavings of the nomadic peoples of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia, this volume follows the history of their design evolution from the 2500-year-old Pazyryk rug (the oldest complete rug of complex design) to antique and traditional designs, and up to the present day. As tribal life gives way to relentless modernization and it becomes too late to simulate artificially the broad cultural support on which a living craft depends, the art of tribal rugs becomes increasingly the domain of the collector and the scholar. The book's discussion of the origins of tribal weaving patterns is accompanied by illustrations and diagrams which enable readers to identify the relationship between the different patterns.

Series: Tribal Rugs (Book 1)

Hardcover: 328 pages

Publisher: Bulfinch (September 1, 1998)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0821225472

ISBN-13: 978-0821225479

Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Alright, so you've just gone back from Turkey or Iran where you marvelled at all those rugs in the bazaars. Your interest was picked but you feel utterly lost not knowing your kilim from your sumakh. You want to buy a book informative enough to teach you a thing or two and keep your heart beating but you end up lost in a maze of titles. Well, look no further, TRIBAL RUGS by J. Opie is right here to show you the way and take you to ruggies' heaven.I own a bunch of books on rugs (too many), being addicted myself, but this is the one I keep going back to. The book is very well laid out, the text is clear and unpretentious, the plates well-chosen and well photographed. It is much more than a coffee-table book. It is getting quite scarce so do yourself a favor and get a copy before you embark on a new Anatolian hunting trip.

4 and a half starsA very informative book liberally illustrated with color plates of some of the most exceptional types of oriental rugs. An excellent commentary written by one of the real gentlemen of the rug business. The author offers some of his own unique theories and insights. Jim does tend to put emphasis on his own particular favorite types of rugs such as Persian tribal rug weaving so know that it is not a comprehensive guide. This in no way lessens the importance of this book. Good as a coffee table book for anyone who appreciates beauty as well as must have for the rug aficionado.

love this book - if you are a rug collector, this is a must-have for your library!!

Expensive, but worth it. Photos are very good.

An important book to anyone interested in Oriental rugs. Well written with excellent color plates.

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