The Christian Oriental Carpet: A Presentation of Its Development, Iconologically and Iconographically, from Its Beginnings to the 18th Century - Volkmar GantzhornKoln: Benedikt Taschen, 1991, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted otherwise a very well presented copy.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; List of abbreviations; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Appendix;
From the cover: “In this volume, two and a half thousand years are presented and analysed. The author’s research has resulted in completely new insights and relationships — a revision of the history of the oriental carpet. He has been able to trace the pattern back to Phrygian and other traditions, which were carried on by the Armenians up to the beginning of our own century: carpets as symbols of power, as deeply religious abstract textile icons. The oriental carpet is neither of nomadic origin, nor does its origin lie in central Asia; it is a product of ancient oriental civilisations in the Armenian uplands at the crossroads of the oldest trade routes between west, north and south. The author’s assertion is supported by the visual material he presents. For the first time coloured illustrations of the most important and most splendid examples of every type of carpet have been included. The illustrations include book illumination, paintings, arts and crafts and details of architecture and clarify developments hitherto unrecognised. This work documents what is probably Armenia’s main contribution to world history. It is a must for any connoisseur of carpets and for anyone who does not wish merely to dream of the Orient. Volkmar Cantzhorn has specialised in Christian and Islamic art in recent years. His continuing research is concerned with surface ornamentation in book illumination, architecture, ceramics and arts and crafts in general.”