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The Carpet: Origins, Art and History Hardcover – October 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552094383
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552094389
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,997,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art historian Milanesi presents a beautiful photographic compendium of carpets representing the main geographic areas of production: Anatolia, Persia, the Caucasus, India, western and eastern Turkestan, China, and the historical European centers. More than just a pretty catalog, her book serves as a useful guide for identifying and studying carpets. Milanesi ably describes and illustrates materials, dyes, knots, and weaving technology and examines layout and design; also provided is an analysis of the cultures in which these carpets were created. The text combines a discussion of the symbolism of motifs with a visual presentation of photographs and design diagrams. While providing a comprehensive stylistic study and interpretation that will interest experts, Milanesi gives even a novice the ability to understand the decorative and technical aspects of these functional yet sophisticated artistic objects. Recommended for general and subject collections.
-Judith Yankielun Lind, Roseland Free P.L., NJ
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This beautifully illustrated and keenly researched book is a treasure for collectors of Oriental carpets. (Ottawa Citizen 1999-12-04)

Besides being full of information about where and how carpets are made, the book has sumptuous pictures of carpets ... this handsome book would make a great gift. (Baltimore Sun 1999-11-28)

Milanesi explains the making of carpets, the meaning of their symbolic designs and the milieus in which they were created. Best of all the book boasts a wealth of color photographs that show exactly what she's talking about. (Christine Temin Boston Globe 1999-12-16)

More than just a pretty catalog, her book serves as a useful guide for identifying and studying carpets ... While providing a comprehensive stylistic study and interpretation that will interest experts, Milanesi gives even a novice the ability to understand the decorative and technical aspects of those functional yet sophisticated artistic objects. (Judith Yankielun Lind Library Journal 2000-02-15)

The presentation is simple, executed by a lover and scholar of this knotted art form ... Much information is revealed in the color photographs and illustrations, accompanied by text. (Barbara Jacobs Booklist 2000-03-15)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Abernethy on November 15, 2000
This book is a good overview of carpets produced in eight areas- Anatolia, Persia, The Caucasus, Western Turkestan, Eastern Turkestan, India, China, and Europe. The listing of these titles of the various carpet areas should tell you that this book has focused on historical carpets. It is neither the most basic nor the most detailed of books on this subject. There is more emphasis on earlier, more historical carpets, and on more commercially produced rather than tribal carpets. The photographs are wonderful. Overall, I would give this book high marks. Target market for this book would be interior designers or highly informed buyers, not so much the rug dealers or other professionals who want even more detailed information.
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