Comprehensive and superbly illustrated, this definitive guide to the awesome flatwoven rugs from the Near and Far East, known in the West as kilims, begins with detailed chapters on weaving and dyes, motifs and symbolism, collection and care. Then, the authors take readers on a country-by-country and region-by-region tour of flatweaves from the Islamic world, thoroughly discussing the dazzling works displayed in over 600 photos, most in color, and offering invaluable information for buyers. Also included are chapters on new kilims and the uses of kilims--as bags and wall hangings as well as rugs, a directory to international kilim auction houses, and a listing of dealers, sources, and services. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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