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Carpets of the People of Central Asia. V.G. Moshkova Edited and Translated by George W. O'Bannon and Ovadan K. Amanova-Olsen. ISBN 0-9653421-0-7
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, Chodour, and Ersari Turkmens.
This English translation includes color illustrations of rugs from the Uzbekistan State Museum of Art and Museum of History in Tashkent, Samarkand Museum, Magaki Attari Mosque Museum in Bokhara, and the Turkmenistan National Carpet museum in Shabbat. Moshkova acquired many of the rugs for these museums. The editors include information on current attributions and make critical remarks in 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 colour. 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.
George W. O'Bannon is an internationally recognized authority on Turkmen rugs and is the author of The Turkoman Carpet; Vanishing Jewels: Central Asian Tribal Weavings; Oriental Rugs. A Bibliography; Oriental Rugs, A Collector's Guide and articles about oriental rugs.
Ovadan Amanova-Olsen was born in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan and educated at the N.K. Krupskaya Leningrad State Institute of Culture (now St.Petersburg Academy of Art). She developed her interest in Central Turkmenistan Exposition at the Exhibition of Achievement in National Economy. She moved to the U.S. in 1993.
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