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Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route: Culture, Process, and Selection

Gregorian, John

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ISBN 10: 0847822214 / ISBN 13: 9780847822218
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Title: Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route: Culture, ...

Publisher: Rizzoli

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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The Silk Route was an ancient caravan route that began at the Golden Horn in present-day Istanbul and extended through the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to China and its seaports. It was through this caravan route, perhaps as long ago as the fourth century a.d. that goods of European manufacturers were introduced to remote villages and settlements. Here they were traded for indigenous exotic items such as silk, spices, and the subject of this luxurious and authoritative volume-oriental rugs.

Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route, by John B. Gregorian, president of one of the oldest and largest oriental rug institutions in North America, provides an illustrated tour of the modern-day oriental rug-making centers of the Silk Route. A compelling text and stunning color photography complemented by vintage black-and-white images transport you to Middle Eastern villages and cities, revealing the rug-making culture and process there. From colorfully dressed peasants tending sheep, carding wool, and boiling natural dyes in Turkey and India's remote rug-weaving villages and trading centers to the sophisticated showrooms and the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, as well as mosques, temples, restaurants, and homes where beautiful rugs are on display, this visually rich and authoritative volume travels behind the scenes of the mysterious, exotic cultures famous for this centuries-old art form.

Chapters cover the history and lore of the Silk Route and the famous weaving centers of India and Turkey, relating stories of the weavers, dyers, and merchants; superstitions; religious symbolism, and Middle Eastern aesthetics. Also included is a wealth of rug examples and information on the rugs themselves, such as rug types, dyes, symbology, weaving techniques, and knots. There is also professional advice for rug buyers: an assessment of the rug-making industry today; a complete guide to evaluating and purchasing a rug; a discussion of buying and trading customs; and helpful tips on negotiating abroad as well as on decorating with oriental rugs throughout the home. A glossary provides definitions of oriental rug terminology, while an appendix rounds out the book with a complete discussion of cleaning and repair.

At once a unique journey to the world's finest oriental rug-making centers and an authoritative reference, Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route is captivating, informative reading for beginning and knowledgeable rug enthusiasts and travelers alike.

About the Author:

John B. Gregorian grew up amidst oriental rugs imported by his father, a refugee from Persia who, in 1934, founded what is now one of America's oldest and largest rug companies, Arthur T. Gregorian, Inc., in Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts. By age 17, he was already traveling to Middle Eastern bazaars, learning the rug-buying strategies from his father that he would later pass on to his son. Today, as president and CEO of the company, John continues to import unique, hand-woven rugs and perpetuates the company tradition of serving as a center on the art and culture of oriental rugs. In addition to lecturing widely and teaching on the subject, he sponsors Antique Oriental Rugs of the Silk Route from the Gregorian Family Collection, an exhibit of over 120 rare examples of the rug weaver's art from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries that has been on display at over seventy museums and universities, including the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. He also served as president of the Oriental Rug Dealers Association for many years. He lives in Wayland, Massachusetts, with his wife, Judith.

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