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The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery and Lore of the Persian Carpet Hardcover – 5 Dec 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st edition (5 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743264193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743264198
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It is refreshing to read a book full of passion and without gimmickry or formulas. Brian Murphy's excitement about rugs sweeps you away and makes you want to travel -- and also want rugs. I couldn't put this book down."-- Mark Kurlansky, author of "Salt: A World History" and "Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World"

About the Author

Brian Murphy is the author of The New Men: Inside the Vatican's Elite School for American Priests. A foreign correspondent for the Associated Press since 1993, and the AP's international religion writer since 2004, he lives in Athens, Greece. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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While it is true that this lovely book rambles, it does so to good effect:covering a lot of ground, spiritual and geographical. It has been a splendid reading experience to accompany this writer. I especially enjoyed his beautifully relaxed style; just the right mix of hunt for the meaning of rugs, and meetings with remarkable people.
Mr Murphy's book brought back to mind the years I spent in Iran in the seventies. These days, when asked which country I enjoyed teaching in the most, I always say 'Iran'. 'Iran?' people ask. 'Why?' 'The people,' I say. Now I should direct people to this book to explain better than I ever could why the people are so charming.. But it also very effectively tells truth to power, consigns the Axis of Evil nonsense to the battered one hundred and one dalmation rubbish bin (one of Mr Murphy's well-observed tiny, telling details) where it belongs. It will also cause me to look at my own rugs in a whole new spiritual light.
I read this on my Kindle. Be aware that there are lots of photographs in the book. They are tacked on to the end of the text, after the index and chapter references, and are not done justice by the Kindle, If I had my time over again, I'd have shelled out the little bit extra on the hard copy.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book after seeing a copy in the carpet shop of a dealer in Isfahan who is mentioned in the text and, once I got used to the slightly rambling writing style I was hooked. For anyone who loves oriental carpets it is a must and for those who have not yet caught the bug it is a great introduction
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a very interesting journey through central Asia in recent times using the Persian carpet trade as the underpinning theme.
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Format: Paperback
Interesting.. however i expected some mention of his time working with yootha joyce.
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Thank you for the useful book!
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