Traditional Textiles of Central Asia

Traditional Textiles of Central Asia

  1. Janet Harvey
  • ISBN 9780500278758
  • 29.60 x 21.00 cm
  • Paperback
  • 160pp
  • 262 Illustrations, 212 in colour
  • 2 Maps
  • First published 1997
‘An essential acquisition for every textile enthusiast’ – Hali
‘Authoritative and beautifully illustrated’ – Interior Design
‘Fascinating … generously illustrated … combines an impressive sociocultural juxtaposition with a practical approach to this region’s romantic textile tradition’– Antiques Magazine

This book provides a spectacularly illustrated survey of the vivid and romantic textile traditions of Central Asia. More than 200 colour plates display the opulent silks and velvets, the exquisite embroideries, the magnificent felts and woollen fabrics produced throughout the area in the workshops of the oasis towns of the Silk Route, the houses of the smaller villages and towns, and in the nomads’ tents on their outdoor looms.

Janet Harvey describes the decorative motifs, the materials, dyes and looms; the types of object made and their diverse regional and tribal variations; the clothes and costumes; and the lavish embroideries and embellishments. A valuable source of information for designers and students, collectors and travellers, the volume includes an essential glossary, bibliography and a list of collections.