London: Azimuth Editions, 2002.
324 pp. 12.5 x 9.5 Hardback in dustjacket in Near Fine condition. Item #BOOKS005327I
This massive book documents the life of the nomads of Persia at the end of the 20th century. Tribes include Kurds, Qashqa'i, Shahsavan and Turkmen. Many rugs and costumes are shown. Photography by Nasrollah Kasraian. "For those of us with an abiding passion for tribal nomadic textiles and the study of their history, ethnography and socio-economic background, this handsome coffee- table book by Tapper and Thompson is the ultimate Christmas gift. It is a labor of love that has consumed years of effort on the part of its editors,(see the introduction by Jon Thompson), but it was certainly worthwhile for it combines sumptuous display with scholarly content. It is literally packed with hundreds of photos by the distinguished Iranian photographer Nasrollah Kasraian as well as a definitive compilation of essays on the tribal peoples of Iran by a dozen of the top anthropologists who have conducted actual fieldwork among the nomads. Thus the volume is a happy conjunction of entertainment, enlightening photographs and scholarly text."-Peter Poullada.