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on 15 January 2014
I was very impressed an inspired by this book as it explains the sex and fertility symbolism of Berber carpets as stemming from stone age and prehistoric roots. It points out in an accessible and interesting way the similarities of the pre historic fertility symbolism with the female made Berber carpets,has tons of beautiful examples and illustrations and enables the reader to see and appreciate a particularly matriarchal, rich, dynamic and sexually focussed sensibility at work.

I think the criticism by the other reviewer has some validity, ie that there must be other factors at play in the narrative of the carpets that a purely genital or birth oriented symbolism, and that possibly more investigation and questioning of the female weavers could reveal more of a conscious and evolving idealology but what is there in this book is interesting enough and there is plenty of food for thought.
Bruno Barbatti obviously spend a great deal of time in Morocco and has a wife who taught and wrote, when he says that direct interrogation of some of the weavers brought no results one must believe him, but then direct interrogation doesnt always work or bring results and one must hang around and listen and possibly conject from that what else might be going on in a weavers mind.

No book is perfect but this book contributes a great deal to the understanding and appreciation of matriarchal culture.
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