Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins

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Title: Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins
Author: Peter F. Stone
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Pages: 230

The ‘Oriental Rug Lexicon’ by Peter F. Stone, published in 1997, has in a very long period been a most important reference work for collectors and rug professionals seeking information on oriental rugs, their origins, motifs and history. His new book and second edition ‘Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins’ published by Tuttle Publisning in November 2013, is more than just an update of his first rug lexicon. It is now illustrated with more than 1000 color images and drawings and provides updated information about many new topics.
The lexicon includes definitions for rug terms referring to pile rugs and flatweaves primarely from the Near East and continental Asia, but rugs from other areas are included too. Rug names are, most often and very confusing, especially for the novice collector, spelled different depending on the dealer or author. Peter F. Stones book and lexicon fills that gap by providing the most common spellings and alternatives in each paragraph of the lexicon. ‘Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins’ is a recommended buy even for those who have the first edition of the ‘Oriental Rug Lexicon’.

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Chinese Silks

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Title: Chinese Silks
Author: Feng Zhao
Publication year: 2012
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages: 624

The Textile Society of America has announced the winner of the Annual R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award 2013. The award is given to Feng Zhao, Chinese editor and Dieter Kuhn, English editor of ‘Chinese Silks’. This book has contributions from seven authors with foreword by James C.Y. Watt and contributions by Chen Juanjuan, Huang Nengfu, Dieter Kuhn, Li Wenying, Peng Hao, and Zhao Feng. In a statement from the award committee, composed of Lee Talbot, Claire Odland, and Ruth Barnes, they explain their choice: ‘This year’s award winner is an example of the rich dialogue and original insights that can occur when textile scholars collaborate across cultures and disciplines. With contributions from seven authors, Chinese Silks is part of The Culture and Civilization of China series published in both English and Chinese by the Yale University Press and China International Publishing Group. Painstakingly researched and copiously illustrated, the book represents the collective first attempt by preeminent Chinese and Western scholars to write a comprehensive history of Chinese silks. The authors connect recently discovered textile artifacts with period literary references to outline the technical and aesthetic evolution of silk manufacture as well as the social forces that shaped the production and consumption of silk. Including vast amounts of original scholarship available in English for the first time, Chinese Silks offers the most thorough account of the history of silk published to date’. R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award was established in 2000 through a donation from R.L. Shep.

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Turkmen Carpets: Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries The Hoffmeister Collection

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Title: Turkmen Carpets: Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries The Hoffmeister Collection
Author: Elena Tsareva
Publication year: 2011
Publisher: Arnoldsche Art Publishers
Pages: 176

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