From Library Journal
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
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This beautifully illustrated and keenly researched book is a treasure for collectors of Oriental carpets. (Ottawa Citizen
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
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
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
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