Tucson: George W. O'Bannon, 1996.
385 pp. 140 color plates. 9 x 12 Hardback in dustjacket in New condition. Item #BOOKS000059I
English translation of the classic work with color plates.
Originally published in Russian, Moshkova's Carpets of the People of Central Asia is the most important book published on Central Asian rugs. It represents 20 years of direct field research among Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Arab and Turkmen weavers by the author. It includes chapters on the history of weaving techniques, dyes, and designs. Specific chapters are devoted to Uzbek, Kyrgyz, and Arab rugs. Five chapters cover rugs of Salor, Saryk, Tekke, Yomud, Choudor, and Ersari Turkmens.
This English translation includes color illustrations of rugs from the Uzbekistan State Museum of Art and Museum of History in Tashkent, Samarqand Museum, Magaki Attari Mosque Museum in Bokhara, and the Turkmenistan National Carpet museum in Ashgabat. Moshkova acquired many of the rugs for these museums, and they served as the basis of her studies. Commentaries on each chapter by the editors include information on current attributions and critical remarks on the text. Special sections focusing on Karakalpak, Eagle-gol, Arabachi, and Kizyl Ayak-type rugs have been added.
This edition serves as a guide to the rug collections in Central Asian museums. Most of the illustrations are of rugs that have never been published in color. Some are of rugs illustrated in black and white in the original edition. A description and technical analysis are provided for most of the rugs.
Limited to 1000 numbered copies.