Trefoil: Guls, Stars & Gardens : an Exhibition of Early Oriental Carpets, Mills College Art Gallery, January 28-March 11, 1990
TREFOIL catalogues the highly-praised Mills College 1990 exhibition of rugs from China, Turkestan, Persia, Anatolia, Spain & the Caucasus. The authors discuss seven design groups - Guls, Stars, Wheels, Quatrefoils, Gardens, Mihrabs & Beasts. The 33 color illustrations include a previously unpublished large-size 15th-c. "Holbein," two early "Animal/Tree" rugs, a village "Star Ushak," a silk Yarkand prayer rug, a Ladik prayer rug lacking a tulip panel, & a 21 ft. silk pile Kashgar Saph (now in the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco). "Trefoil...a major exhibition designed for the knowledgeable & committed rug collector...an exhibition of international importance..." - George O'Bannon, "TREFOIL at mills College," ORIENTAL RUG REVIEW, Vol. 10:4 (1990). "An intellectual's taste of classical & early village themes." - Thomas Murray, "Trefoil", HALI #51 (1990). "TREFOIL contains numerous insights, especially concerning the continuity of certain, possibly emblematic, designs...(It) is very much worth adding to any rug library." - Pamela Bensoussan, "TREFOIL" ORIENTAL RUG REVIEW, Vol. 11:6 (1991). TREFOIL, 248 Trinity Ave., Kensington, CA 94708; 510-526-3265. 33% library discount.
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Gardens and Palmettes
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