Beginners Guide To Oriental Rugs
by Linda Kline

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978-0-89496-093-2 (Paper)
ISBN: 978-0-89496-032-1 (eBook)

TITLE: Beginner's Guide to Oriental Rugs

AUTHOR: Linda Kline

PRICE: $14.95 (Paper)


PAGES: 224



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Table of Contents

History & Making of Oriental Rugs

Choosing Your Rug

Barber Pole Stripe Motif
Butterfly Motif
Candlestick Motif
Caucasian Border Motif
Chinese Fret Motif
Chinese Wave Motif
Cloud Band Motif
Cock Motif
Cross Motif
Cypress Motif
Dog Motif
Endless Knot Motif
Fish Motif
Guli Hinnai Motif
Herati Border Motif
Jug & Comb Motif
Latch Hook Motif
Link Motif
Lotus Motif
Medallion Motif
Mini Khani Motif
Mir Motif
Mirhab Motif
Octagon Motif
Palmette Motif
Pole Medallion Motif
Pomegranate Motif

Rosette Motif
Scorpion Motif
Serrated Leaf Motif
Snake Motif
Star Motif
Swastika Motif
Tarantula Motif
Triangle Motif
Tree of Life Motif
Trefoil Motif
Turkoman Gul Motif
Weeping Willow Motif
Yin Yang Motif
Zig Zag Motif

Persian Rugs

Caucasian Rugs

Turkish Rugs

Turkoman Rugs

Chinese Rugs

India, Pakistan, Roumania



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A Nomad Studio
Sarakhs Rug
Boy Weavers of Tabriz
Dyeing Vats
Turkish Girls at Loom
Girls at Loom
Indian Boy Weavers

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A Review from Publisher's Weekly


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 type of weave used in each region. Persian, Caucasian, Turkish and Turkoman rugs are covered, as well as those made in India, Pakistan and Roumania. The handsome color photos are accompanied by captions detailing outstanding features of workmanship and design. No attempt is made to categorize rugs by value or price, but Kline does note rugs that are not of collector quality.      

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Maps of Rug Producers
Iran (Persia)
Russia Caucasus
Turkoman Area
India, Pakistan, Roumania

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Author Biography
Linda Kline has been collecting Oriental rugs for almost two decades and has traveled extensively in her endeavor. She has encountered hundreds of people in this profession and offers the Beginner's Guide to Oriental Rugs as a way to reduce the amount of time, money and effort the average person faces when considering purchasing oriental rugs.

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Publisher Comments
What we intended with The Beginner's Guide to Oriental Rugs was to make available, at an affordable price, a book on oriental rugs that would guide the person that is interested through the maze of conflicting claims in this art.

Anyone can counterfeit oriental rugs and there is no sure way of knowing that a rug is "hand done" or machine woven. Consequently, value for a rug because of the labor in creating the rug or the rarity of the rug is questionable. Exerts are even more questionable. What is of value, however, is the beauty of the rugs and the knowledge of the designs in the rug and where they come from which make for great conversation and enjoyment. This book provides maps to the rug producing areas where original designs came from. Discussions about the tribes and a great many of the typical motifs found in the rugs.

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Oriental Rug back cover There are numerous "Coffee table" art books available that serve as a catalogue of some Oriental rugs. Although useful, most of these books tend to leave people confused and are more akin to a museum catalogue than serving as a useful working book for one intending to purchase or identify oriental rugs.

Invaluable for the prospective owner and experienced collector, the "Beginner's Guide to Oriental Rugs" presents clear illustrations of many of the most common designs found in Oriental rugs. Along with these designs are descriptions of the various rug makers that use the designs. To help refine things, the designs are followed by a detailed description of the rugs produced by each of the major rug producing tribes or towns. Complete advice is also given on evaluating a carpet, what makes one carpet more valuable than another, and how to take care of a carpet once you have it.

Other useful features include a glossary, maps of all major rug producing areas, the history of Oriental rugs and how the carpets are made, etc. Here is the one book you will need to identify, evaluate and purchase oriental rugs.

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