- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.; 1st U.S. Ed edition (27 Oct. 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558598804
- ISBN-13: 978-1558598805
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 27.3 x 28.6 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,408,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kilim: History and Symbols Hardcover – 27 Oct 1994
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The author's eight years of research results in rather flawed, laughable conclusions full of conjecture. He simply cannot be taken seriously -- unless one might be easily duped as a beginner or intermediate enthusiast courting beautiful lies. Typical "interpretive" examples are; the pagan "Mother goddess" or "Eli Belinde"; animal motifs ("koç", "akrep", "simurg" / dragon / bird motifs, as well as various personal charms / protective [fetish] motifs historically weaved or embroidered into utilitarian weavings. They remain largely dubious and with lack of original design intent. Style evolutions have taken many forms throughout the dispensation of Neolitic times, especially the tumultuous and chaotic Byzantine eras and Seljuk periods.
Islam's rigid (hypocritical) and adverse criticism against human and animal forms demands compliance and change from traditional designs long before Turkomen customs. There is a definite state of unawareness and CONTRADICTION surrounding symbolic origins, even among the vast tribal confederations of Anatolia (present day Türkiye).
Although highly creative, talented and artistic, the adolescent girls and women which originally weaved these textiles were certainly uneducated and less than versed with symbol eytmology -- aside from their clan's ideologies -- possessing a very weak and dismissive notion of their pagan lineages at best, while favoring a religious [Islamic] twist.
Any enhanced focus of discearnment and judgement surrounding natural color derivatives used, wool quality and weaving techniques also provides highly credible and revealing - if not crucial - evidence. Through the ages, many of the Anatolian tribes not only migrated - or were "resettled" through-out various regions - they also intermarried and shared collective ideas and influences from neighbors and others, including Caucus regional affiliates. This means that kilims, zilis, jijims, cuvals, etc. may have actually been weaved in A NUMBER OF PLACES, and most - if not all - weavings display "cultural hybridity", or various influences and evolution differing from (so-called) originally accredited motifs.
Utilitarian FUNCTION, diversity and individual creativity are well characterized signatures within all antique specimens. The Southern Anatolian Toros Mountain regions are among my favorite... Specifically, the (so-called) Mut / 'İçel classifications. There are simply too many myths and silly-laden ideas about kilim symbology. Anyone having experience in carpet and kilim shops through-out Türkiye and Asia will certainly hear many ignorant, yet convincing "beautiful" lies.
In short, this is an attractive book, and despite the fact that there are some nice kilims shown, it is really a mediocre publication (at best). There are far better sources of information on the subject of kilims available.
"A comprehensive and richly illustrated guide to the development and motifs of the Anatolian kilim, one of the world's most popular craft textiles. Bright, beautiful, and affordable kilims are growing more popular - as rugs and also as furniture coverings, wall hangings, and bags - and buyers are becoming more sophisticated in their knowledge of fine, authentic pieces. The author, who travels widely to study, collect, and deal in kilims, examines the rich history and symbolism of Anatolian kilims in this engaging book. For thousands of years, these handmade textiles have carried complex motifs and symbols related to life and spirituality, motifs which are discussed in fourteen concise sections, including explanations of designs like The Primordial Water, The Open Hands, and The Kilim of the Seven Goddesses. The clear and lively text and 150 full-color plates are further illustrated with dozens of black-and-white drawings which help the reader to recognize and interpret the various kilim types and motifs, making this an unbeatable volume for the seasoned collector or for the first-time buyer of these much-loved textiles"
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