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HASH(0x93e3b84c) out of 5 stars the finest carpet book I have encountered 29 Dec. 2009
By Ivor E. Zetler - Published on
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This is a famous book. It was published on the occasion of the 7th International Conference of Oriental Carpets and documents the collection of Heinrich Kirchheim. Kirchheim, who apparently made his fortune from BMW spare parts, assembled this large and renowned collection in a relatively short period of time. Although the selection is reasonably wide ranging, it is mainly composed of examples from the Caucasus, Turkey and north-west Persia. There are 217 carpets described in the book with written contributions from various rug scholars including Michael Franses and Friedrich Spuhler.

Although I do not claim to be any particular authority on carpets, I have been involved in a carpet society for some years. I have seen many carpet books; this is undoubtedly the most spectacular. Its main glories are firstly the wonderful quality of the rugs on display, secondly the exceptionally realistic reproductions of the carpets and thirdly the excellent general standard of the printing and presentation.

There has been some criticism from experts about the written contribution of Heinrich Kirchheim, but the average reader would not be any the wiser. It seems fine to me. But you will probably want this book for its illustrations more than anything else. This large volume is supposedly a limited edition although mine is not numbered. It is well worth the investment.
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