Antique Rugs from the Near East

Antique Rugs from the Near East

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...of Mogul rugs. On the other hand, if one finds examples with a repeat, as in textile patterns, it is quite safe to conclude that they are of later date and that they were influenced by the velvet industry of southern Persia and northern India, which was highly developed in the 17th century. For example, this influence is unmistakable in a silk rug with flower bushes and birds in the Musee des Arts decoratifs (Fig. 53) and still more plainly in a third specimen in the Austrian Museum (Fig. 54). The latter has a monotonous field the entire decoration of which consists of two inconspicuous floral motives set in unending rows. Even the somewhat severer border cannot give to this decoration the character of a rug. So-called Armenian Rugs. The rugs of the Sefcvi period show the knotting art in its highest development. When studying them one always feels that both technique and design must have gone through a number of preliminary stages before reaching such perfection. Therefore it would be of the greatest importance to find earlier examples showing these previous stages of development. But difficulties arise when we take stock of the existent examples of the early knotted rugs. To be sure, there are a number of specimens from Asia Minor and Spain which are unmistakably to be attributed to the 15 th century and a few less numerous examples from an earlier epoch. But only one group is related to the Persian rugs and can be defined with some exactitude. These are the so-called Armenian animal rugs. Examples of this type are for from numerous and it is also difficult to identify them in paintings. Indeed, little was known about Armenian rugs before the first edition of this book. In the Munich Exhibition they were represented by half a dozen...
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236840429
  • 9781236840424