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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; Reprint edition (8 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500290830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500290835
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 2.8 x 31 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Excellent for print and pattern inspiration'
--Stylus

`The quality of the layout and the images is superb...the illustrations are special, unusual, sometimes intriguing...the book is a delight renewed each time one opens it' --The Journal for Weavers,Spinners and Dyers

`The term"Islamic textiles" embraces a huge range of techniques,materials, patterns and use in many different parts of the world.Gillow manages to cover all of these multiple aspects in a clear style that is at once personal and erudite...a comprehensive, handsome volume and at £45 is incredible value...All sections have glorious images'
--TEXT: For the Study of Textile Art, Design and History

'John Gillow is the great traveller scholar; in all his books you feel the adventure of the world observed through textiles'
--Selvedge --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

John Gillowhas spent over three decades studying, collecting, and lecturing on textiles. His other books include Textiles of the Islamic World and Indian Textiles.


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This textile book covers every corner of the Islamic world from Africa to Indonesia showing well illustrated examples from every area covered. It is a wonderful source for the specialist and for the keen enthusiast.
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Format: Hardcover
Bought it for mother in law who is a textile expert and she was absolutely over the moon when she received it.The book is beautiful, the quality of the layout and the images is superb. It is a book for the experts, but it is also represents a perfect coffee table book!
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Format: Hardcover
I saw the book in Spain in the Alhambra shop. It is beautiful so when coming home I decided to order the English edition from Amazon.
Fully agree with the first review.
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I bought this for my niece's birthday. Unfortunately she already has it, but it means that I can now have it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of a Large Category ot Textiles 22 April 2012
By LuvKimono - Published on Amazon.com
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The book covers textiles from the Ottoman world, Islamic Spain and north Africa, the Arab world, the Persian world, Central Asia, the Mughal world, east and southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The book aims to provide a broad survey of textiles produced today and in the past by those who profess the faith of Islam. The textiles are characterized by their avoidance of human and animal forms and their use of abstract designs and rich decoration. The techniques used to produce them are embroidery, applique, weaving, ikat and other forms of resist dyeing, block printing, oya (needle woven braid), beadwork, knitting, felting, crochet. The textiles are presented by country within each region. Each country's textiles are accompanied by text describing the historical and economic background in which they were created.

If you are looking for a general overview of textiles from these regions, the book will serve your purpose. The photographs are of very high quality and the narrative is engaging. I gave the book a 5 because of the beauty of the cover, the informative narrative and the photographs. For the textiles themselves, I was left with a feeling that I had seen much of it before in other books, but I believe that is because of the "overview" character of the collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow !!! 14 April 2014
By Isaac Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I needed material on this subject for a research project and couldn't find much out there, at least not in English. Then I found this book, and all I can say is its amazingly good. It covers so much material and it covers it in depth. It is also visually beautiful with many photographs of different types and patterns of textiles. If your interested in the topic, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most beautiful and affordable high quality books on textiles 29 Mar. 2015
By LRS - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a soft spot for Islamic architecture and patterns, and Gillow's textile selections are stunningly beautiful. This is my favorite of his books on textiles and one of my favorites of all textile books I have ever seen. Considering the price of other high quality textile books, it is also fairly affordable. A great source of inspiration.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!!!!!!! 18 Sept. 2013
By Katie Arave - Published on Amazon.com
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I highly recommed this book to anyone interested in the history of this subject! John does an excellant job! Their is a chapter dedicated to each region of the Islamic world. It's crammed full of color & blk/white photos!
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 23 July 2013
By renlady68 - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was everything I hoped it would be. Will love it forever it will make a great addition to my Library. Will order from this seller again.
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