Antique Rugs of Kurdistan: A Historical Legacy of Woven Art [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]: Burns, James D.

Antique Rugs of Kurdistan: A Historical Legacy of Woven Art [INSCRIBED AND SIGNED]

Burns, James D.

Published by Published by the author, NP, 2002
Condition: vg Hardcover

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Folio. 319, [1]pp. Original pictorial dust-jacket over olive cloth, with black lettering on spine and front cover. Title page inscribed and signed by the author to Fred and Stella Krieger. Ribbon marker. This remarkable work portrays a variety of weavings from all areas of Kurdistan prior to the 20th century, with an examination of one hundred examples. The book begins with an overview of the Kurdish people and their homeland, which cuts across a number of modern political boundaries: those of Iran, Iraq, Turkey, the countries of the Caucasus, and Syria. It then looks at the history of weaving in the rugged and frequently inaccessible mountains of this region as well as in the ancient plateau bastions. The effect played by Kurdistan's turbulent history - and the hard lifestyles of its people - on the quality and artistic ability of the weavers is also explored. The main part of the book comprises an examination of Kurdistan's seven districts, giving background information about the weavers who lived in each and the construction methods, colors, and designs that they used. Full-page color plates illustrate examples of weavings from each district, and a technical analysis is provided for each piece. Twelve detailed maps show the locations of the different weaving areas and tribal groups, while over fifty archive illustrations provide fascinating context. An Appendix essay by the historian Mehrdad Izady charts the complex origins and history of the Kurds, which stretches back eight millennia. Shedding much new light on a little-understood area of weaving heritage, "Antique Rugs of Kurdistan" provides a long overdue introduction to and compelling insight into the lives, creativity, and woven art of the Kurdish people. Dust-jacket, binding and interior in overall very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 37474

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Title: Antique Rugs of Kurdistan: A Historical ...

Publisher: Published by the author, NP

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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