The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets

Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving

Abraham Levi Moheban, David Moheban


     9 × 12 in (22.9 × 30.5 cm)
Hardcover, Two-Volume Set In Slipcase
336/volume pages
1100 color illustrations
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616893873

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets catalogs the diverse forms that the art and craft of the handwoven carpet has taken over twenty-five centuries, from the Far East to North Africa, from Europe to India, and within both hemispheres of the New World. The book features Classic Asiatic sources in the "Rug Belt"---Persia (Iran), Anatolia (Turkey), the Caucasus, China, India, and central Asia---and includes more than six hundred entries on all areas of historic carpet production, ranging from village to city and style to weaver. Each entry provides a photograph and information on the history, location, weaving period, technique, quality, design, coloration, size, and marketability of carpets produced around the world. This beautiful clothbound, two-volume boxed set is a comprehensive collection that is required reading for anyone with an eye on the antiques market or the cultural heritage of one of the oldest forms of artwork.
  • Essential reference work for any carpet collector or merchant.
  • Eight newly drawn maps illustrate major weaving locations within the Rug Belt.
  • Carpet elements are redrawn to reveal intricate details.
  • Appendices contain supplemental information on dyes and dyeing, quality grading, knot weaving, and Islamic/ Gregorian calendar date conversions.

Editorial Reviews

Carpet XL:

"Its very appearance is impressive...After browsing through the work for the first time, you can only be impressed. The quality of the pictures, of which there are more than 1000, is very high, and with over 600 entries there's sure to be very little missing."

Australian House & Garden :

"The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is a must for any antique lover's library."

Rug News & Design:

"The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is filled with so much information, I could not put it down. Between looking up information on carpets I enjoy visually, to comparing the differences between styles, and learning about rug regions, it starts you on a journey of exploration from the comfort of your home. " :

"Great antique rugs are more than just protection for your floor---they're timeless pieces of functional art. Five years in the making, The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is an extensive two-volume guide to the distinguishing features of the best of the best."

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