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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
- A fascinating study of the weaving history of the nomadic tribes of Asia -
Illustrated with each tribe's finest work, including many previously
unpublished photographs Tribal Rugs is an exploration of one of the most
ancient crafts of the world. Beginning with the discovery of the oldest
complete rug, which has been dated to the fifth century B.C., the reader is led
through the weaving history of the nomadic peoples of Iran, Afghanistan,
Turkey, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Each chapter introduces a different
group of tribes and illustrates the rugs, carpets, kilims and utilitarian bags
attributed to their weavers. Tribal weaving, together with the use of natural
vegetable dyes, began its swift decline around the turn of the twentieth
century under the twin assaults of civilization and commercialism. This book is
both a celebration of the woven legacy left by the tribes and a tribute to the
skill and artistry of the women who created these wonderful works of tribal
art. It is hoped that it will provide an introduction to the novice and excite
the more knowledgeable to further study. The book is illustrated in color
throughout with examples of the finest work of each tribe, and the majority of
them have been previously unpublished. This is a completely new edition with
updated text and many new photographs.