Kilim - The Complete Guide

History, Pattern, Technique, Identification
Alastair Hull

  Ein erstklassiges Buch, das wir jedem Neuling
auch Kennern empfehlen. Das Buch
konzentriert sich auf Kelims der semi-antiken
Klasse, welche dcnglich sind.
Es ist ein Buch mit hervorragendem Überblick,
tollen Bildern und ein Nachschlagewerk
für alle, die sich mit der ethnischen Herkunft
auseinandersetzen möchten.

Tribal and Village Rugs

The Definitive Guide to Design, Pattern and Motif
Peter F. Stone

  "Tribal & Village Rugs", newly available in paperback, is the definitive book on the rich weaving traditions of the Near East and Central Asia. Using computer imagery to systematize the study of motifs, designs and patterns through well over 1,600 stunningly beautiful and functional full-colour images, it is an indispensable source for design ideas and the perfect guide to a new appreciation of these textiles' extraordinary beauty.

Oriental Rug Symbols: The Figure in the Carpet

John Train


  Oriental carpets, from Turkey and Persia in the Middle East to China in the Far East, are amazingly rich in symbolism. This fascinating book will delight and enligh ten everyone who enjoys oriental carpets '

Flatweaves of Turkey

Arend Bandsma


Oriental Rugs Vol 3 - The Carpets of Afghanistan

R. D. Parsons

Flatweaves of Turkey reflects the authors' enthusiasm for kilims and related flat-woven textiles. They consider that those made by mainly nomadic and village women in Turkey have the most varied and innovative designs, and are among the most beautifully colored of all weavings. A wide range of kilim types from diverse regions of Turkey is brilliantly illustrated. The authors have provided an accurate account of the various weaving techniques, with separate sections devoted to the historical importance of textiles, the materials, and the dyes used to obtain the glorious colors of the past. The text is written from the enthusiast-collector's point of view, rather than from that of the dealer.   Richard Parsons treats the reader to not only a veritable feast of carpets and rugs, but also to a fascinating journey through the history of a diverse, colourful, multi-racial country. He shares his respect and admiration for Afghanistan's stoical people, who somehow, despite political upheavals, forced resettlement, a harsh climate and often primitive nomadic living conditions, manage to produce exquisite works of art which reflect great pride in their many-faceted heritage. Afghan rugs are instantly appealing due to their traditional colours and d designs, from sumptuous piled purdahs to flat woven prayer rugs.

Oriental Rugs Vol. 4: Turkish

Fritzsche Zipper


Oriental Rugs Vol 5: Turkoman

Uwe Jourdan

A reprint of this volume, fourth in the Oriental Rugs series, serves as an introduction to the range of carpets and rugs from Turkey. The history of the region and the art of carpet weaving and knotting are explained and the various types and styles of rug produced are traced by means of the traditions and differing techniques found throughout the Anatolian peninsula. Turkey lies in a geographical position of some importance, separating as it does the Eastern and Westem cultures. Despite the proximity of the Persian influence, Turkish rug makers largely retained their own traditional motifs. The main text leads into a full colour pictorial catalogue illustrating rugs from the numerous towns and villages throughout Anatolia. Comprehensive and detailed captions describe some 225 examples, ranging from antique and very rare museum exhibits right through to good quality modem pieces which are readily available today. This comprehensive book provides definitive coverage of the rugs and carpets of Turkey. It should be a useful volume for lovers of fine carpets and should appeal to the expert as well as the inexperienced beginner.  

Both of these works exemplify the craftsmanship of highly skilled weavers in Central Asia and provide insight into the lives and culture of various ethnic groups. The "Introduction and Survey" section of Turkoman, an English translation of Jourdan's renowned German work, gives a brief yet detailed overview of the background and characteristics of nomadic Turkoman tribal weaving, including the techniques, influences, and symbolic and ritualistic meaning of various designs. There is also a brief section on collecting Turkoman rugs and pricing trends. The major portion of this work is a catalog of different regional types of pile weaving. Each rug, illustrated by color photograph in full view, is given a brief description and a literature citation stemming from the bibliography. While geared to specialists in the field, this work could help lay readers develop an appreciation of the Turkoman tradition of weaving. Collector and dealer Harvey focuses on a broader aspect of nomadic weaving, that of fabrics and applied decorative works. The four chapters of this colorful volume highlight not only the historical or traditional materials and designs in weavings but also more contemporary aspects of clothing. The opening chapter describes the history of the region and that of the various trade routes between Europe and China. The second chapter focuses on various types of materials and traditional dye sources and dyeing. The third chapter highlights the diversity of weaving, from covers and hangings to knitted and crocheted works. The last chapter is devoted to the various ways traditional fabrics can be enhanced through embroidery, block-printing, and fabric painting. Both works should be popular among textile enthusiasts and should be purchased for collections specializing in decorative arts.


Kilim and Tribal Rug Book:

Decorating with "Fired Earth"
Elizabeth Hilliard


Oriental Carpets:

A Complete Guide - The Classic Reference
Murray L. Eiland

This well-researched guide to the Kilims (flat-woven) and carpets (with pile) of Iran and Turkey is divided into three sections. The first recounts the history of tribal rugs, inextricably woven with the story of the people who make them. The second is full of inspirational and creative ideas on the best way to use rugss to decorate your    Home, and the third contains much sound practical advice on the buying, laying and care and repair of these textile treasures. The colour illustrations show the stunning vegetable-dye colours and distinctive patterns to full advantage. (Kirkus UK)   This comprehensive, authoritative volume by the most regarded names in the field reviews the history of the art of weaving & explains basic carpet-making materials, tools & techniques.

Oriental Carpet Design:

A Guide to Traditional Motifs,
Patterns and Symbols


Tribal Rugs

Treasures of the Black Tent
Brian W. MacDonald

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.   "Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Tent" is an exploration of one of the most ancient crafts of the world. Beginning with the discovery of the oldest complete rug, which has been dated to the fifth century bc, the reader is led through the weaving history of the nomadic peoples of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Each chapter introduces a different group of tribes and illustrates the rugs, carpets, kilims and utilitarian bags attributed to their weavers. Tribal weaving, together with the use of natural vegetable dyes, began its swift decline around the turn of the twentieth century under the twin assaults of civilisation and commercialism.This book is both a celebration of the woven legacy left by the tribes and a tribute to the skill and artistry of the women who created these wonderful works of tribal art. It is hoped that it will provide an introduction to the novice and excite the more knowledgeable to further study. The book is illustrated in colour throughout with examples of the finest work of each tribe, the majority of the illustrations being previously unpublished. This is a completely new edition with updated text and many new photographs.

Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets

Walter B. Denny


Antique Kilims of Anatolia

Peter Davies

This text provides a fresh and concise look at Anatolian carpets from the 14th to the 20th centuries, including some of the oldest surviving examples of Turkish carpets. Turkish rugs have been a part of European culture since the 14th century. Far more embedded in the Western consciousness than any other carpet type, they are among the most sought-after of all rugs by museums and collectors today. This book draws on the unparalleled collection at Washington's Textile Museum, as well as from other museums and private collections, dealing with issues such as history, lineage, design origins and meaning across the whole spectrum of Turkish carpet weaving.   This is an authoritative account of the kilim, the flatwoven rug of the nomadic and peasant population of Turkey. Antique Kilims of Anatolia is written in a clear, interesting and accessible style. Previous books have tended to remove kilims from their cultural context, treating them purely as art objects. Davies' book reconstructs the necessary ethnographic context in order to reveal the significance and meaning of this tribal art. From fleece, yarn, dyeing, looms and weaves, to the visual language, tribal weavers, and meaning, origins and aesthetics of the kilim, this book provides an ideal introduction to the subject. This new edition contains more illustrations, many in full colour, with over 80 examples, fine ethnographic photographs, and drawings that explain structural features and designs, as well as new sections that summarise the latest developments in the controversy about the origins of the Anatolian kilim.

Persian Flatweaves

Parviz Tanavoli


Sovereign Carpets

E. Concaro

  This is a comprehensive survey of the vast subject of Persian flatweaves, and in particular floor covers. Previous publications on the subject have largely been dealers' restricted catalogues focusing on a narrow geographical area or the weavings of a particular group, or sections in more general books. This book thus attemps to fill a gap in the oriental carpet and textile literature. Flatweaves have until recently been seen as merely the products and property of the poor. Since the late 1960s, however, growing attention has been paid to the best known type of flatweave, the gelim, revealing both its quality and variety. Other flatweaves, such as the palas, which is no less frequently found than the gelim, have scarcely been mentioned in any of the literature published so far, yet are shown in this work to be objects of great beauty and diversity. The book is divided into two parts. The first deals with the cultural background to the subject. Drawing on literary sources as well as surviving examples, it describes the long history of flatweaves, showing their relation to pileweaves. The second part of the book deals with the different types of flatweave in turn: gelim, palas, weft-wrapped weaves, zilu and jajim. It covers the range of uses to which they were put.   The book illustrates the extraordinary and very ancient art of rugs with a relevant selection of Oriental rugs--from the oldest to the ones produced in the late 19th century--belonging to European private collections, besides a set of rugs coming from the Russian ethnographic museum of St. Petersburg. The fruit of long research within the rich private artistic patrimony, the catalogue assembles two hundred Oriental rugs from the 15th to the 19th century, coming from Persia, Anatolia, the Caucasus, central Asia, Tibet, Turkestan and China. The pieces featured in the volume cover vast chronological and geographical sections of the fascinating world of carpets; the aim of the book is both eclectic and simple: to present very beautiful rugs belonging to private collectors and to give--through brief introductory chapters--an overview of the main carpet-weaving areas of the world. A series of maps and a glossary of technical terms are designed to help the non professional reader.

Artisans of Empire: Crafts and Craftspeople Under the Ottoman

(Library of Ottoman Studies) Suraiya Faroqhi


Kilim - A Buyer's Guide

Lee Allane
  The manufacture and trade in crafted goods and the men and women who were involved in this industry - including metalworkers, ceramicists, silk weavers, fez-makers, blacksmiths and even barbers - lay at the social as well as the economic heart of the Ottoman empire. This comprehensive history by leading Ottoman historian Suraiya Faroqhi presents the definitive view of the subject, from the production and distribution of different craft objects to their use and enjoyment within the community.Succinct yet comprehensive, "Artisans of Empire" analyses the production and trade of crafts from the beginning of the 16th century to the early 20th century, focusing on its history, politics and culture. Production methods, the organisation of trade guilds, religious differences, the contribution of women and the structure of the Ottoman economy all come under scrutiny in this wide-ranging history that combines keen analysis with descriptions of the beautiful and sometimes unknown works of Ottoman artisans. Faroqhi sheds new light on all aspects of artisan life, setting the concerns of individual craftsmen within the context of the broader cultural themes that connect them to the wider world. Combining social, cultural, economic, religious and historiographical insights, this will be the authoritative work on Ottoman artisans and guilds for many years to come.   In recent years kilims have become sought after both as functional and as decorative items. Their versatility, the beauty of their colours and patterning and their reasonable prices all help to explain this level of interest, but the abundance of patterns and style has made the search for the right kilim a bewildering process. This comprehensive guide ensures that independent advice is now available. For the beginner, the guide explains what kilims are, how, where and by whom they are made, how they get their names and how they are classified and marketed. For those who are thinking of buying, the guide offers advice on suitability and quality, when and where to buy and it provides a useful table of comparisons. For those who know the basics but want to know more, the book offers an overview of the events and beliefs that have shaped the kilim-making world, providing a reference source on tribal, regional and contemporary workshop weaving groups.

Anatolian Kilims

Cathryn M. Cootner


Vanishing Jewels

Central Asian Tribal Weavings
George O'Bannon




Kilim - Decorating with Tribal Rugs

Elizabeth Hilliard

Tribal Rugs

A compleate Guide to Nomadic and Village Carpets

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