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Oriental Carpets and their structure, highlights from the V&A collection

 
 
De auteur geeft in dit boek een nieuwe methode tot classificatie van tapijten op grond van structuur en motieven. De tapijten van verschillende herkomstgebieden worden zo, op een voor ieder overzichtelijke wijze, gegroepeerd. De prachtige kleurenfoto's en de beschrijvingen geven een goed overzicht van 100 topstukken uit de collectie van het Victoria & Albert museum in Londen. 
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Oriental carpets have always been prized in the West as items of luxury; they are also objects of great beauty, and an understanding of their structure is invaluable to a proper appreciation of them. In showcasing 100 superb examples from the V&A, this volume opens the door onto one of the richest and least explored areas of the collectoon.
One of the earliest recorded recipients of oriental carpets in the West was Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who during the reign of Henry VIII was presented with 60 Turkish and Egyptian carpets as a diplomatic gift. Carpets became synonymous with wealth and fashionable living, and were often included in the portraits of the day. In the nineteenth century they were reappraised as examples of good design, and seen as a source of inspiration for the creative industries. William Morris himself was instrumental in the purchase for the V&A in 1893 of the Ardabil Carpet, hailed in The Times as 'the Finest Persian carpet in the world ...'.
It is only when we have an understanding of how carpets are made that we can explore the real nature of their design: how patterns evolve and straddle boundaries of time and place. An illustrated chapter on weaving and knotting methods is supplemented by detailed structural analyses of each carpet: the result is a book that illuminates the subject and will be of immeasurable value to collectors, designers and textile historians alike.

Jennifer Wearden is curator of 20'h-century European textiles in the Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria & Albert Museum and was responsible for many of the oriental carpets from 1990 until their transfer to the Asian Department in 2003. She is co-author of three other V&A publications: 

  • Samplers (1999); 
  • Ottoman Embroidery (2001)
  • Dress in Detail from around the World (2002).

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Oriental Carpets and their structure, highlights from the V&A collection