Oriental Rugs Today

February 22, 2012 by
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Oriental Rugs Today

Demystifying a confusing and intimidating subject, Oriental Rugs Today is the first book devoted exclusively to new pieces. It discusses issues of dye and finish, looks country by country at examples from every major contemporary source, and profiles the artisans who revived the use of handspun wool and natural dyes. Written for both aficionado and novice, this edition includes 20 percent more material and new information on Nepalese and Iranian rugs, making this must-have guide to the subject.

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Beginner’s Guide to Oriental Rugs – 2nd edition

Publishers Weekly Review: This basic guide to oriental rugs is organized to the advantage of the novice collector. A comprehensive section describes and illustrates the 41 most common motifs (geometric, floral and medallion styles and their variations) and the geographic areas where these motifs are produced. Once the motif of a rug is identified, readers can find a listing of the villages or tribes that characteristically employ that design, and can further discriminate according to the ty

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4 Comments on Oriental Rugs Today

  1. chris benziger on Wed, 22nd Feb 2012 12:51 pm
    43 of 45 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the best guide i’ve run across, June 11, 2000
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    chris benziger (Sonoma CA) –

    I saw a review of this book in HALI magazine, and have found it clarifies a lot of things that I found confusing and intimidating about buying an Oriental rug. It explains exactly where the rugs in today’s rug stores come from, and how much you should expect to pay for them. It’s well written and very much on the level-you don’t get the impression the author is pushing you to go out and buy something. There’s a lot of mystification in the Oriental rug business, and although the book is not an expose in any sense, I felt better equipped to buy a rug and get a good value than I did after reading other books on the subject, most of which seemed out of date. Lots of color plates too.

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  2. A. Dhir on Wed, 22nd Feb 2012 1:08 pm
    38 of 41 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Very Basic, May 1, 2001
    By A Customer

    As someone who already has an intermediate knowledge of oriental carpets, I was disappointed by this book. It is extremely basic – something akin to a Dick and Jane primer. It provides only a few pages of information on carpets from each region (if you can believe it, Iran [Persia] was lumped together with two other countries, and all three countries were covered by approximately only five pages, including illustrations. It does not provide any information on specific carpets (i.e. Nain, Bokhara, Yahyali, etc.), but did explain the general difference between wool types, dyes, etc. Also, while it did have several photos of carpets, many of them seemed to be photos of novelty carpets, and not of traditional designs. Overall, I believe that this would be good for someone who knows absolutely nothing about oriental carpets and is only looking for general information. In my opinion, there are much better books on the subject for both beginners and experts alike, such as Oriental Rugs, A Buyer’s Guide, by Lee Allane.

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  3. Anonymous on Wed, 22nd Feb 2012 1:43 pm
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An informative and engaging introduction to modern rugs, February 13, 2005
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    A. Dhir (Kentucky) –
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    This review is from: Oriental Rugs Today (Paperback)

    Unlike the gentleman below, I had little knowledge of oriental rugs prior to reading this book. I found it to be a perfect place to start my education. The text was informative, particularly in regards to the “renaissance” in traditional rugmaking techniques over the past 20 years. He does a wonderful job of covering the pros and cons of natural vs. chrome dyes, and handspun vs. millspun wool – again without being overly opinionated or judgmental despite his personal leanings.

    The writing was engaging, fair, and accompanied by high-quality photographs (n.b. the photos on his website are the highest resolution I’ve seen anywhere). He gives equal weight to each country’s production. Helpful information is also provided regarding approximate prices per sq. ft.

    In fact, I liked his book so much that I just purchased two rugs from him – two years after reading the book, and after looking at dozens of sites on the web and a handful of shops in person.

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  4. Anonymous on Wed, 22nd Feb 2012 1:55 pm
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Poor Publishing Quality, August 3, 2011
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    This review is from: Beginner’s Guide to Oriental Rugs – 2nd edition (Paperback)

    While the book does have a lot of great information in it, the print quality is horrible. It is like they took an old copy of the book and put it through a scanner that can make it editable text, but never edited out the errors. Some of the words are so horribly misspelled valued information is lost.

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