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03 July 2010 @ 02:56 am
Islamic Textiles  
Of interest to several of my readers:

Vol XIV Textiles, Carpets and Costumes, from the Islamic Lands, (to be published)
Michael Franses (Francis?), Milton Sonday, Rahul Jain, Mary McWilliam, Walter Denny, Layla Diba, Elena Tsareva, Marielle Martiniani-Reber, Georgette Cornu, Marie-France Vivier

The Khalili Collection includes some 200 carpets, textiles and costumes. The earliest textiles date from the 7th-11th centuries. They are rare examples of Abbasid and Fatimid textile arts, and are of great importance. The most outstanding from an artistic point of view, however, are the gold brocades and velvets of the Safavid and Ottoman periods. Equally beautiful and of particular importance is the group of 22 woven Indian silks of the Sultanate and Mughal periods.

The group of 'Classical' carpets includes examples from Mamluk, Safavid, Ottoman and Mughal Indian royal workshops. Notable among the Iranian carpets is a 16th-century Kashan medallion carpet which is an outstanding example - in near perfect condition - of a small group woven on a silk foundation and knotted with a very fine wool pile, with some areas being worked in metal thread; an early Safavid pictorial kilim; a 17th-century strapwork carpet from Isfahan, whose bold arabesques match the confidence of its grandiose design; and a 17th-century prayer rug of the so-called 'Polonaise' type. Ottoman carpets include a spectacular 15th- or early 16th-century star Ushak and two Ottoman 'Ciarene' prayer rugs of the 16th-early 17th century.

The Collection is particularly rich is costumes, an area not often represented in other collections. Among these is a 17th-century velvet coat with appliqu s of gold brocade. This garment is of the type often represented in the work of painters such as Shaykh 'Abbasi and Muhammad Zaman.

Vol XIV Textiles, Carpets and Costumes, from the Islamic Lands, (to be published)
set of 2 parts fully illustrated in colour 35.5 x 25.5 cm
hardback with dust jacket (slipcased) (part 1 isbn 1874780781 isbn13: 9781874780786)
£89 $180
Albredaalbreda on July 3rd, 2010 11:46 am (UTC)
Sounds awesome - thanks for letting me drool!
Julia Spring: Baghdadijulia_spring on July 3rd, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC)
fibergeekfibergeek on July 3rd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Sweet Ol' Berwyn: Kvetchbaron_berwyn on July 3rd, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Have you seen the latest non-Islamic textile? It's a Khafia with stars of David and the Hebrew inscription "The People of Israel Live." Available in Israel blue and IDF green.