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IPEK. The Crescent & the Rose: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets: The Crescent and the Rose Paperback – 17 Sep 2001

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Status symbols, diplomatic gifts, artistic mediums and economic treasures--figured silk fabrics were among the most powerful and most characteristic artistic products of the Ottoman Empire. Wars were fought for control of silk revenues, and governments devoted major bureaucratic efforts toward the organization, regulation and taxation of silk production. Ipek: The Crescent & the Rose is the most comprehensive and magnificently illustrated overview of Ottoman silk textiles of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its lavish, full-bleed, six-color reproductions of fabrics from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and from lesser-known ecclesiastical treasuries in the Balkans, Sweden, Poland and Russia, demonstrate the creativity of Ottoman weavers in rich detail, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in design or a general appreciation for visual delights. Accompanied by scholarly essays that shed light on the different historical, legislative, economic and technological factors that determined the history of these textiles.

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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any textile lover 18 April 2002
By Piotr Stepien - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an outstanding book, an art object by itself and a serious scientific monography on Ottoman silk textiles of XVI to XVIII cent. CAUTION : no carpets, kilims or embroidery !Marvellous full-page color photos of about 150 silk specimens from the leading world collections plus many more b/w photos; all with descriptions. Very nice text, easy to read by non-professionals : history of Ottoman silk production, techniques, trade, history etc. etc. The only book matching the high standard of the " Ipek" seems to me " Seidengewebe des XVII jahrhunderts : Bizarre Seiden " by H.Ch. Ackermenn, Abegg_Stiftung, Bern, Switzerland.
The IPEK book is a jewel in my collection of textile books. I recommend it, the only flaw is that it does not show vestments or costumes in full, only close-ups.
Piotr P. Stepien, Warsaw Poland
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clothes as High Art 5 Jun. 2002
By Eric Trowbridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The silks and velvets featured in Ipek are amazing in their detail, brilliant color, and craftsmanship. I found it particularly interesting that Ottoman textile and Iznik tile designs were often identical - although not even Iznik tiles can compare with the textiles in Ipek.
One caveat: The essays are well researched and have interesting themes, but are as dry as July in Tucson.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book but be careful ordering online - you may end up with another book instead! 31 Jan. 2014
By TomJones - Published on Amazon.com
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IPEK is a fabulous book- i have read it before ! However, when i ordered this book through Amazon, the seller advertized this book as having 360 pages with a red/gold cover - exactly the one that I wanted. What arrived, however, was a book with 160 pages and a deep blue/black and red printed cover - an abridged version of the book- IPEK. This abridged version primarily had pictures and just a few pages of historic information and was missing all the technical information that I wanted to read. How unfortunate that i could not get the unabridged version- i will try finding it later.

The reason im posting this is because i want everyone to know that when you order this book- its EXPENSIVE- and you MAY not want to end up with IPEK's abridged version. Make sure you ask the seller to confirm the number of pages that this book has and also send you a photo.
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