This beautifully-produced and lavishly-illustrated book is a tour-de-force of clearly-presented and meticulous research. . . . For the first time ever, here is an enjoyable, richly-informed, utterly reliable study of some of the finest achievements in Western textile history. . . . One of the best works of carpet scholarship and reference to have been written in decades. . . . This is a substantial work . . . well supported by high quality colour illustrations. Many years of patient research and careful documentation have gone into this book. . . . Particularly gratifying is the author's feeling for the written word which is fluent, clear, readable and unpretentious.