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Old August 21st, 2018, 05:12 PM   #23
Pierre Galafassi
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 87

Hi Kay,

As far as books dealing with Turkmen rugs are concerned, I believe that you can hardly find better ones than those suggested already by Steve, Chuck and Marvin.
My personal favorite is Vanishing Jewels: In addition to superb pics of museum-quality rugs it also contains highly interesting essays on Turkmen ethnology, sociology, weaving/ use of textiles, and dyeing (written by true luminaries like O’bannon, Wood, Irons and Mushak). Nothing to do with the rug-lore which is too often found in rug books. You are surely well aware, Kay, that one must always take rug literature cum grano salis.

In addition to Steve’s, Chuck’s and Marvin’s selection, I’d mention two other books which I keep reading with pleasure:
- Turkmenische Teppiche by Werner Loges (In German, I don’t know whether there is an English version).
- Carpets of the People of Central Asia by V.G. Moshkova (The translator being G.W. O’Bannon, who wrote that Moshkova’s work was among the most thorough and reliable issued by Russian’s experts ).

Best regards

About the definition of 'Russian expert' during Soviet time, please check with Steve (:-))
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