Miscellaneous Rug & Carpet Design Articles & Reviews

Traces of Tree Worship in the Decorative Patterns of Turkish Rugs - by Galina Serkina (from 11th International Congress of Turkish Arts - Utrecht, the Netherlands, August 23-28, 1999)

Rugs, like all other artifacts in traditional societies, perform not just utilitarian functions but store and transfer information on the world-outlook o f their creators. Rugs like other kinds o cultural texts (ritual, mythology, images, structures, etc.) retain archaic features which tie the culture of the Turks of Asia Minor with Turkish cultures [ethnic Turkic peoples] of other regions...... read more

Tibetan Rugs at Adraskand
Exhibition Review by Murray L. Eiland, Jr.

Over the years, I have reviewed a number of special exhibits at Adraskand, the Marin County gallery operated by Anne Halley and Michael Craycraft. From an early focus on Turkoman pieces, the emphasis later became directed more toward Baluch and Afshar rugs, with periodic world-class exhibitions in these specialized areas. The shows have been more than just visual treats, however, as the selection of rugs and the attributions have always managed to throw some new light on the subject or raise new questions. read more......
The Ancient Amulets Of Tibet: Thogchags - A Collection of Miniature Masterpieces - by John Belleza

Thogchags are Tibetan talismans made of bronze and meteoric metals dating as far back as the Bronze Age. While precise dates for the Tibetan Bronze Age have yet to be formulated, archaeological evidence from various sites around the country indicate that it started around the beginning of the Second Millennium BCE. An unbroken tradition of producing amulets extends into the Iron Age and Buddhist periods creating a cultural legacy several thousand years old. read more.....

Posted November 14, 2004

Northern Tibet Exploration - Archaeological Discoveries of the Changthang Circuit Expedition 1999 - by John Bellezza

For over one decade, I have been actively involved in the exploration of the Byang-thang region of Tibet in conjunction with my research into pre-Buddhist culture and archaeology (see bibliography). While Tibet is synonymous with Buddhist learning and culture, its civilization extends much further back into antiquity than the Buddhist period. My findings demonstrate that Tibet supported a sophisticated culture long before the dawn of the Buddhist era in the 7th century. This earlier civilization was closely connected to the early Bon religion, an amorphous indigenous belief system which seems to have been enriched by various traditions coming from adjoining countries. read more......

Posted January 29, 2005

The Karakalpak Rug Collection of the Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow
by L.G. Beresneva

Investigation of Karakalpak carpets and rugs has been minimal, and their representation in collections is scant. Until now there have been no publications on the Karakalpak rugs in the museums of Nukus, Ashgabat, Tashkent, Moscow and St. Petersburg. This article is the first attempt in this field. read more........

Posted November 4, 2005


Patterned Reed Screens of the Kirghiz
in the State Historical Museum, Frunze
by Stella Mateeva and Jon Thompson

Screens made with the stems of reeds or canes are an integral part of the round felt tent of the northern nomads. The Kirghiz and Kazakh decorate their screens with coloured wool to form elaborate and striking patterns. read more......

Posted Sept. 2, 2006

The Ballard Collection - St. Louis Museum of Art
by George O'Bannon

In 1905 while walking down Fourth Avenue in New York City, James Ballard passed an Oriental rug shop near the corner of 33rd Street. A small rug with bright red color caught his eye and he entered. The rug was priced at $500 but Mr. Ballard, possibly having been told one bargains with Oriental rug dealers, countered with a lower offer. read more...

Posted Sept. 10, 2006

SIlk & Wool - Ottoman Textile Design in Turkish Rugs
by Gerard Paquin

Part of the mystery and appeal of the Oriental carpet for collectors and scholars is its ability to incorporate designs from a wide range of sources.[1] However, inquiry into origins of designs should do more than simply satisfy our curiosity. Ideally, it leads us to a better understanding of the economic and artistic contexts in which a rug is woven. This article will examine the use of Ottoman textile designs in Turkish rugs and the impetus for those artistic borrowings. It will also attempt to draw some conclusions as to how we define and use both textiles and rugs and how they relate to our built environment. read more.....

Posted December 18, 2006

Carpets of Central Asia
by George O'Bannon

Central Asia, noted as the most glorious and dangerous part of the Silk Road, is home to Samarqand, jewel of Tamerlane's empire; Bukhara, cultural crossroads and center of trade; Tashkent, capitol of Uzbekistan and Russia's control point in the heart of Asia for a century; and Ashgabat, home of the Tekke Turkmens, feared raiders of caravans bound for Persia. Today all of these places are important cultural and political centers in the recently independent states of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Both countries are renowned as producers of oriental carpets, known primarily by the name 'Bukhara' Read more....

Posted May 29, 2007

A Look at the Word 'Tribal'
by Murray Eiland

Often our thinking becomes most muddled and imprecise around just those issues on which we feel most confident. Particularly during the last several decades, the term tribal rugs has come into wide usage both as a description to set certain pieces apart from urban rugs and to give them a particular cachet, a stamp of special significance. Read more ......

Posted January 29, 2011


Uzbek Suzanis - An Introduction
by Michael Franses


The name suzani is derived from the Farsi word for 'needle'. There are at least two meanings of this term. As used commonly in the West, the word describes a large group of silk embroideries of a particular type, usually on either a cotton or silk ground, made in the old Central Asian Emirates of Bukhara and Kokand between at least as early as 1750 and around 1950.. Read more ......

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