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Ties That Bind: A Social History of the Iranian Carpet
This social history of Iranian carpets traces their production, use, and exchange from the fifteenth century until World War II, highlighting in particular the carpet boom from 1873 to 1914. Over these five centuries, the Iranian hand-knotted, piled carpet shifted from an object made primarily for the Islamic Middle East to a commodity that by the twentieth century ...more
Paperback, 372 pages
Published September 17th 1996 by Smithsonian Books (DC)
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Definitely an academic book. I must totally agree with the reviewer who wrote that she almost put the book down before the first chapter. If you can get past the dreary writing style, the story of Persian carpetmaking is fascinating and sad.