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Carpets from Islamic Lands [Paperback]

Friedrich Spuhler
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25 Nov 2013
Carpets from Islamic lands have been treasured for centuries on nearly every continent on earth. Prized by European monarchs and traded as far afield as Tibet and the Americas, these woven and knotted masterpieces are both distinguished works of art and revealing utilitarian objects that offer a rare glimpse of life in the Islamic world. Carpets from Islamic Lands features more than forty fine classical carpets held in the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, along with several important pre-Islamic carpet fragments. Friedrich Spuhler describes this spectacular collection in the context of the history of Islamic art, recounting the carpets fascinating stories and celebrating their intricate designs and masterful craftsmanship. Including pictures of many carpets never before reproduced in print, and a few that may have been lost forever following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, this richly illustrated volume is essential reading for modern admirers of oriental carpets, and a treasure in its own right.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd (25 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500970432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500970430
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,503,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars carpet study 15 Feb 2014
By ellison
Features over 40 carpets, some are fragments. Gives explanations of what they are, how big they measure, aprox. when they were made and where. Some include close-up detail. Concludes with a carpet weight. Insightful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars study of carpet 6 April 2014
By ellison - Published on Amazon.com
Features forty carpets from different time periods and places, some are just portions. Explains the pictures on the carpets and what they were used for, some are prayer rugs while others are tent floor covers. Many different patterns, some photos are almost three-dimensional due to the capet fibers. Some are three-page fold-outs.

Concludes with a marble carpet weight. Insightful. Konya
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