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This very large, profusely-illustrated, top-quality Art/ Art History volume is the primary text on the subject of Christian oriental carpets. In this volume, two and a half thousand years are presented and analyzed. The author's research has resulted in completely new insights and relationships - a revision of the history of the oriental carpet. He has been able to trace the pattern back to Phrygian and other traditions, which were carried on by the Armenians up to the beginning of our own century: carpets as symbols of power, as deeply religious abstract textile icons. The oriental carpet is neither of nomadic origin, nor does its origin lie in central Asia; it is a product of ancient oriental civilizations in the Armenian uplands at the crossroads of the oldest trade routes between west, north and south. The author's assertion is supported by the visual material he presents. For the first time coloured illustrations of the most important and most splendid examples of every type of carpet have been included. The illustrations include book illumination, paintings, arts and crafts and details of architecture and clarify developments hitherto unrecognized. This work documents what is probably Armenia's main contribution to world history. It is a must for any connoisseur of carpets and for anyone who does not wish merely to dream of the Orient. Volkmar Gantzhorn has specialized in Christian and Islamic art in recent years. His continuing research is concerned with surface ornamentation in book illumination, architecture, ceramics and arts and crafts in general. Volkmar Gantzhorn has studied the history of art, philosophy, psychology, painting, graphics, sculpture, geography and journalism. In 1961 he qualified as a teacher of art and has taught in schools, colleges of education and polytechnics. Gantzhorn is active as a painter, graphic designer, sculptor and photographer and has earned himself a reputation with numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.
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