New York: Umbrage Editions, 2011.
385 pp. 135 color plates showing 130 examples. 9.5 x 13 Hardback in dustjacket in Very Good condition. Item #BOOKS010439I
There are as many things to like about Visions of Nature as there are different styles of rugs shown within it. This is US rug collector Jim Burns’ third book, all of which have centred on rugs from his collection. Its colour plates contain 130 Persian rugs and textiles chosen from his collection, the culmination of over fifty years of focused collecting, and are printed on a large scale with great clarity, each given its own page. The layout of the book is very clear with each weaving area having its own introductory essay and reflects the design of his previous book, Antique Rugs of Kurdistan (London 2002), with supporting archival images adding context and texture to the book. ******However beyond the connoisseurial eye of the author, immediately obvious throughout the illustrated rugs, which quickly draw the reader into the book, there emerges from reading the accompanying essays a sense of the depth of knowledge and research underpinning his collecting. It is clear that to Burns an understanding of the context in which these rugs were created and used is a key component of his appreciation of the art form. Indeed his discussions give these weavings meaning beyond their respective designs and colours. -Ben Evans, HALI Magazine #169.