Indian Rugs

In approaching the study of Indian fabrics we find that all preconceived notions of Hindu ornament must become subservient to the easily proved fact that into the great Indian peninsula at the present time have crept influences of every kind that have so swayed the native workers that everything which is now made there partakes […]

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Religion in eastern rugs

Of the religious beliefs which have most effectually influenced pattern, those that led to nature-worship were necessarily the earliest, the sources of life being most profoundly reverenced. These early beliefs left legacies to the weavers among the ancients, and Art owes to them a debt she cannot often enough acknowledge. In approaching this most absorbingly […]

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Persian Rugs

Although robbed of many of its chief dependencies by the inroads of rival governments and the march of empire, we still find Persia the most poetic of lands, and its weavings the choicest of fabrics. The physical aspect of the ” Land of the Lion and the Sun ” shows the vivid contrasts that are […]

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Great River

The district between the Black and Caspian Seas on the north and the desert of Arabia on the south has been the scene of countless changes of government and ceaseless migration, to and fro, of the tribes of Asia and the conquering heroes of Europe. Every new influence that has swept over this stretch of […]

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Looms, warp, woof

Consideration of materials used in the making of rugs and their colouring is naturally followed by close study of methods of manufacture, and examination of the paraphernalia of which the weaver makes use. In order to determine the age of a rug we should know how to detect differences in the weave incident to the […]

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Geography

In presenting the chart method of studying Oriental rugs it is with the firm belief that by thus systematizing and arranging facts the mind is equipped with data and the eye is trained to see. It would, however, be detrimental to all progress to overburden the memory, and therefore we should proceed most cautiously as […]

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