Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Caucasian Prayer Rugs

London: Laurence King in association with HALI, 1998. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. 192pp. Original photo-illustrated dust-jacket over black cloth, with gold lettering on spine. Prayer rugs are generally small weavings with a directional motif, usually in the form of an arch or 'mihrab', which is intended to point the faithful towards Mecca. One of the most popular types of carpets among collectors, they are prized for their highly sophisticated weaving technique, their rich colors and stylized geometric designs. Illustrated with numerous color and b/w photographic reproductions, this volume takes an aesthetic approach to the pieces, while placing them in their historical context. An essay by Jim Dixon addresses the fundamental issue of the meaning of the designs to those who made and used these carpets. Ralph Kaffel is a contributing editor to Hali. He has been collecting and studying carpets since 1979. Jim Dixon, who wrote the essay on the design structure of "Caucasian Prayer Rugs," is a collector and expert on the symbology in oriental rugs. Dust-jacket, binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #37823

Price: $45.00

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