Irresistible Reads: The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets

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The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is the first-ever comprehensive antique carpet reference guide spanning the past twenty-five centuries and numerous countries around the world.

EncyclopediaOfAntiqueCarpetsAn internationally recognized authority on antique carpets with over fifty years on experience in the field, author Abraham Levi Moheban has filled the gap in carpet literature with this guide.

This clothbound, two-volume boxed set features over six hundred entries of historic carpets, each with an accompanying photograph and information about the history, location, technique, coloration, size, and more of carpets produced around the world. Eight newly drawn maps presented in the book illustrate the major weaving locations within the Rug Belt, which includes Persia, Anatolia, the Caucasus, China, India, and Central Asia. Covering several key factories for each entry, the encyclopedia is meant to guide the reader into the various factors that distinguish an antique carpet’s origin and its market value priced for its artistry.

Compiled over the past five decades through extensive research, The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets is the first collection of its kind for carpet collectors, merchants, and anyone interested in learning more about antique carpets and the cultural heritage of one of the oldest forms of artwork.

The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets. Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving, Abraham Levi Moheban, Edited by David Moheban

9 X 12 IN / 23 X 30.5 CM, two volumes / 336 PP each / slipcase, 1,100 color photos / 8 maps, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-61689-387-3, $250.00 / £150.00, publication date: DECEMBER 2015, (Princeton Architectural Press, Dec. 29).

About the Author

Abraham Levi Moheban is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and has served on the Board of Directors for the Oriental Rug Importers Association of America as well as other art and antiques leagues and organizations.