Carpets from Islamic Lands

Carpets from Islamic Lands

(In association with The al-Sabah Collection Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait National Museum)
  1. Friedrich Spuhler
  2. Preface by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah
  • ISBN 9780500970331
  • 27.50 x 22.00 cm
  • Hardback
  • 186pp
  • 110 Illustrations, 110 in colour
  • First published 2012

Carpets from Islamic lands have been treasured for centuries on nearly every continent.

‘The reader cannot help but be delighted by the quality of the images chosen. Absorbing the text is a pleasure. It informs as opposed to dictates … a masterful triumph’ – Selvedge

Prized by European monarchs and traded as far afield as Tibet and the Americas, these woven and knotted masterpieces are both distinguished works of art and revealing utilitarian objects that offer a rare glimpse of life in the Islamic world.

The third volume in Thames & Hudson’s celebrated series cataloguing the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, Carpets from Islamic Lands features more than forty of the finest classical carpets created in Egypt, Turkey, Persia, the Caucasus and India between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, along with several important pre-Islamic carpet fragments.

The book describes this spectacular collection in the context of the history of Islamic art, recounting the fascinating stories behind individual carpets and celebrating their intricate designs and unparalleled craftsmanship.

Richly illustrated, including pictures of many carpets never before reproduced in print, and even one that may have been lost forever following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, this volume is essential reading for modern admirers of oriental carpets, and a treasure in its own right.

Friedrich Spuhler is a leading expert on oriental carpets. Formerly a curator at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, Dr Spuhler is the author of numerous books on Islamic carpets and textiles.

Also published in association with The al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Splendors of the Ancient East
Ceramics from Islamic Lands
Glass from Islamic Lands
Al-Fann: Art from the Islamic Civilization
Treasury of the World: Jewelled Arts of India in the Age of the Mughals