Carpets made in the "Rug Belt"-an area that includes Morocco, North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and northern India-have been a source of fascination and collecting since the 13th century. This engaging and accessible book explores the history, design techniques, materials, craftsmanship, and socioeconomic contexts of these works, promoting a better understanding and appreciation of these frequently misunderstood pieces. Fifty-five examples of Islamic carpets are illustrated with new photographs and revealing details. The lively texts guide readers, teaching them "how to read" clues present in the carpets. Walter B. Denny situates these carpets within the cultural and social realm of their production, be it a nomadic encampment, a rural village, or an urban workshop. This is an essential guide for students, collectors, and professionals who want to understand the art of the Islamic carpet.
Walter B. Denny is professor of art history and adjunct professor of Middle Eastern studies, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the Charles Grant Ellis Research Associate for Oriental Carpets, The Textile Museum; and the Marshall and Marilyn Wolf Senior Consultant for Islamic Carpets and Textiles, Department of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.