Carpets from Islamic Lands
- ISBN 9780500970430
- 27.60 x 21.90 cm
- 140 Illustrations, 140 in colour
- First published 2013
Now available in paperback, the fourth volume in Thames & Hudson’s celebrated series cataloguing the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait
Including pictures of many carpets never before reproduced in print, and a few that may have been lost forever following the invasion of Kuwait in 1990, this richly illustrated volume is essential reading for modern admirers of oriental carpets, and a treasure in its own right.
Carpets from Islamic lands have been treasured for centuries on nearly every continent on earth. 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.
Carpets from Islamic Lands features more than forty fine classical carpets held in the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait, along with several important pre-Islamic carpet fragments. Friedrich Spuhler describes this spectacular collection in the context of the history of Islamic art, recounting the carpets’ fascinating stories and celebrating their intricate designs and masterful craftsmanship.
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.