Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club Dist (January 25, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.8 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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I became enamoured with Persian carpets when I was first stationed in the Near East; my interest in (and passion for) these beautiful, practical works of art has not waned. Over the years, I have learned bits and pieces about the carpets in general (for example the difference between an "urban" or "city" rug and a "tribal" rug), but the details around their creation and value and the subtle differences between these broad categories has been elusive.Eiland is not only an expert on textiles, but on rugs from throughout Asia. The information he provides here is therefore detailed, specific and nigh encyclopedic. The first two chapters explain how the rugs are made (there are important differences not only in the materials of weft and weave, but also in whether the loom is horizontal or vertical) and the differences in the styles of knots used. From here, he goes into greater detail about the various categories of carptes: Persian, Caucaisn, Turkish, Afghan, and Far Eastern with concluding chapters on modern rugs. Each chapter has several full-color photos of the carpets discussed, as even within these broad categories there are sub-categories and styles, each unique and subtly different.The book is at its weakest in discussing the small differences in style and color within categories - the writing is flat and brief. It is also frustrating given the challenges in determining age and value of carpets; of course, this is through no fault of the author (a very old carpet may look new if not used and well cared for; similarly, a relatively young carpet may look old and beat-up through wear and neglect). Similarly, Eiland does little to explain the value of one carpet over another.
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