Status symbols, diplomatic gifts, artistic mediums and economic treasures--figured silk fabrics were among the most powerful and most characteristic artistic products of the Ottoman Empire. Wars were fought for control of silk revenues, and governments devoted major bureaucratic efforts toward the organization, regulation and taxation of silk production. Ipek: The Crescent & the Rose is the most comprehensive and magnificently illustrated overview of Ottoman silk textiles of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its lavish, full-bleed, six-color reproductions of fabrics from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and from lesser-known ecclesiastical treasuries in the Balkans, Sweden, Poland and Russia, demonstrate the creativity of Ottoman weavers in rich detail, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in design or a general appreciation for visual delights. Accompanied by scholarly essays that shed light on the different historical, legislative, economic and technological factors that determined the history of these textiles.
About the Author:
Nurhan Atasoy, formerly Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Letters, Istanbul University, is a distinguished lecturer, author, and organizer of exhibitions on the history of the arts in Turkey. Among her major projects are the international traveling exhibition "The Anatolian Civilisations" and a previous book "Iznik: The Pottery of Ottoman Turkey."
Walter Denny is Professor of Art History and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, and Honorary Curator of Carpets and Textiles at the Harvard University Art Museums.
Louise W. Mackie is Curator of Textiles and Islamic Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Hulya Tezcan is Curator of Textiles at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, and Assistant Professor in the Master's program at the Yildiz Technical University in Instanbul. She has previously written a catalog in Arabic on the textile coverings for the Kaaba in Mecca.
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