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Old September 9th, 2016, 08:11 AM   #11
Kay Dee
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 27

Originally Posted by Jeff Sun View Post
Hi Kay!

The one between The Piccus Collection and Temple, Household and Horseback is actually 2 books:

"Tibet Tappeti" an Italian exhibit catalog and...
"Woven Jewels/ Tibetan Rugs from Southern California Collections".

The latter is an interesting choice of names as another book on my shelf is "Vanishing Jewels"...but about Turkmen.

Hong Qi's book is well worth getting. By western standards it's a much better quality book than most available. The paper, the binding and of course the pictures are all rather good. Better than a lot of other books on the shelf.

However, the English translations leave a lot to be desired.

Xinjiang and Tibet are both covered. Hong Qi's explanation of the origin of weaving in China, is um...unique. Quite China-centric. But I would expect no less from a man whose name translates to "Red Flag Lu".

Another book on my shelf (but not in the picture) is "Carpets in the Collection of the Palace Museum" This is a heavy tome and the text is all Chinese, but the rugs are all of Imperial origin. Not the kind of stuff you would find on ebay. In the US this book goes for big bucks, however on Taobao, or one of the Taobao middle-men like buytome, you can pick it up for about $70

So...now I have to see what is on YOUR shelf!.
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for the update!

Unfortunately, as much as I would like to ‘show you mine’ I am disappointed to say that my extensive collection (primarily on Tibetan and central/western Chinese, but with a good selection of books orientated on the Afghan 'area' ) remain stored elsewhere, while I now reside in Europe. Maybe one day I’ll ship em all over, but till then I’ll have to do with the few Tibetan area orientated ones I have ‘doubled up’ on which I have managed to pick up 2nd hand relatively cheaply (and some not so) since I have been ‘over here’.

Best I can do is say I have all I can see of yours 'cept Red Flag Lu’s, which I will now look at procuring.

PS. As an afterthought I would like to highly recommend to you, given your interest in Tibetan carpets, and hence one might assume Tibet in general - that is if you don't already have same - a relatively new book (first pub. 2015) called A Historical Atlas of Tibet by Karl Ryavec. Although it has nothing to do with carpets per se - save covering in exquisite map detail the areas they are made - the extreme high quality of the newly drawn never before seen detailed maps cover the entire area of Tibet and are worth the price alone. Available very very well priced on ABEbooks (and no doubt other on-line bookstores) here is a link to it at Amazon for some reviews. (Note the few poor reviews are only for the Kindle version.)

Last edited by Kay Dee; September 9th, 2016 at 09:12 AM. Reason: Add book reccomendation
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