How to Read Islamic Carpets

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Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dec 15, 2014 - Art - 144 pages

 The engaging and accessible volume offers invaluable insights and novel perspectives on what is perhaps the most iconic of all Islamic art forms: the handwoven carpet. With a history stretching back to the fourteenth century and a geographic reach spanning Europe to Eurasia, Mongolia to the Middle East, Islamic carpets boast a degree of innovation and technical skill to rival the world's most exalted works of art. Beauty and brilliance emerge in equal measure from carpets of all forms be they colossal silk rugs exchanged as gifts by sultans and kings or small and sturdy textiles woven for use in nomadic encampments.

Some sixty superlatives examples from the Metropolitan Museum's collection—from Persia, India, Turkey, North Africa, and across the Islamic world—are presented here in lavish detail, with concise and approachable texts that position each work in historical and cultural context. Beginning with a discussion of materials and techniques, How to Read Islamic Carpets offers a comprehensive introduction to this captivating art form, and reveals the lasting influence of carpet-weaving traditions in lands far beyond the Islamic world.


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In this volume, Denny (art history, Univ. of Massachusetts Amherst, The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets) presents a thorough and accessible overview on the history of carpets from Islamic ... Read full review

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Walter B. Denny is professor of art history and adjunct professor of Middle Eastern studies, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the Charles Grant Ellis Research Associate for Oriental Carpets, The Textile Museum; and the Marshall and Marilyn Wolf Senior Consultant for Islamic Carpets and Textiles, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.