A companion guide to "Oriental Rugs: A Buyer's Guide", this book deals with buying Chinese rugs. It shows how to assess quality and suitability, and where and when to find a bargain. A table of price comparisons gives an indication of what to pay for each range and grade of rug.
Today, a combination of high quality and low price makes Chinese rugs the best value of all oriental carpets. And countries outside China itself, such as Tibet and Nepal, have broadened the market even further by producing Chinese-style rugs of the same high standard. This is a comprehensive guide full of advice on how to find the right rug at the right price. This companion volume to Lee Allane's "Oriental Rugs: A Buyer's Guide" (Thames and Hudson, 1988) explains how these rugs are made, and how techniques, materials and tools affect character and quality, whether from the commercialized workshops of Peking and Kathmandu, or from the nomads of East Turkestan. An up-to-date table of price comparisons gives a clear indication of what to pay for each range and grade of rug. The author explores the worldview that underpins the rugs' sophisticated symbolism and colour schemes, providing a permanent source of reference to the various weaving groups both inside and outside China. Lee Allane has collected oriental rugs for a number of years and is a consultant for several international auction houses and carpet companies.
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Defining a Chinese rug; the Chinese sphere of influence; the silk route; the Chinese language; how Chinese rugs are made; materials; knotted, or pile rugs; buying a Chinese rug; decorative considerations; assessing quality; what to pay; when and where to buy; care and repair; the cultural context; a brief history of China; Chinese beliefs; designs; the fundamentals of Chinese rug designs; Chinese symbolism; the meaning of individual motifs; old and antique rugs; Chinese weaving groups; East Turkestan rugs; Tibetan rugs; contemporary rugs; Chinese rugs.
Chinese Rugs: A Buyer's Guide by Lee Allane
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