9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best General Starting Point,
This review is from: Oriental Carpet Design: A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols (Paperback)
If you are interested in oriental carpets either to purchase, or to learn more about them this is the best general book around. The book is separated into types of design woven rather than what carpet is woven in a particular country or region. The book is filled with plates of carpets you can easily expect to find in a good dealer, unlike most books which give examples you are unlikely to find outside of a museum. The only criticism I would give is that the book is outdated when looking at rugs produced today particularly regarding the production now in Pakistan. Ford also tends to give a very negative view on some carpets without detailed reasons. However this is easily the best book to start your interest.
An updated version is surely needed soon.