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Starting to Collect Antique Oriental Rugs Hardcover – 1 Jan 1999

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About the Author

Murray Eiland III has a doctorate in oriental archaeology from Oxford University. He has spent time working and travelling in many of the Near Eastern and Central Asian countries whose rugs illustrated and described in this book.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x8c086c48) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
HASH(0x968247a4) out of 5 stars Many full-color photos and some valuable tips on determining quality and origin 15 July 2015
By doc peterson - Published on
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I became enamoured with Persian carpets when I was first stationed in the Near East; my interest in (and passion for) these beautiful, practical works of art has not waned. Over the years, I have learned bits and pieces about the carpets in general (for example the difference between an "urban" or "city" rug and a "tribal" rug), but the details around their creation and value and the subtle differences between these broad categories has been elusive.

Eiland is not only an expert on textiles, but on rugs from throughout Asia. The information he provides here is therefore detailed, specific and nigh encyclopedic. The first two chapters explain how the rugs are made (there are important differences not only in the materials of weft and weave, but also in whether the loom is horizontal or vertical) and the differences in the styles of knots used. From here, he goes into greater detail about the various categories of carptes: Persian, Caucaisn, Turkish, Afghan, and Far Eastern with concluding chapters on modern rugs. Each chapter has several full-color photos of the carpets discussed, as even within these broad categories there are sub-categories and styles, each unique and subtly different.

The book is at its weakest in discussing the small differences in style and color within categories - the writing is flat and brief. It is also frustrating given the challenges in determining age and value of carpets; of course, this is through no fault of the author (a very old carpet may look new if not used and well cared for; similarly, a relatively young carpet may look old and beat-up through wear and neglect). Similarly, Eiland does little to explain the value of one carpet over another.

These problems aside, there are literally dozens of full-color photos of rugs of all kinds which is a real boon. The information about the geographic location of the styles and the differences in manufacturing are very helpful, and the tips on determining the quality of a rug is invaluable to anyone interested in purchasing a carpet. Highly recommened for a narrow audience.
HASH(0x8c8ab894) out of 5 stars Worth owning if going to buy antique rugs. 14 Jan. 2016
By Michael H. Kaplan - Published on
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Useful info. Elian's the expert. Actually exciting to read.
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By gary - Published on
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a very informative book about oriental carpets,if you are interested in oriental rugs this book full of usefull info,good addition to your library.
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c1b5708) out of 5 stars Looked great for something used 6 May 2012
By Tonya Stephens-Tai - Published on
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When I received this book I was really surprised to see how new it looked. Really satisfied with this purchase.
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