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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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.