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A carpet ride to Khiva : seven years on the Silk Road

Author: Christopher Aslan Alexander
Publisher: London : Icon, 2010.
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The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it, but Chris chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook. He found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva, immensely alluring and stayed.
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Named Person: Christopher Aslan Alexander
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Aslan Alexander
ISBN: 9781848311497 1848311494 9781848311251 1848311257
OCLC Number: 619938538
Description: xiv, 334 pages, [8] pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents: The walled city of Khiva --
A home by the harem --
The madrassah --
From calligraphy to carpet --
Worms that changed the world --
Madder from Mazar --
Bukharan cunning --
The dawn sweepers --
A carpet called Shirin --
Navruz and new beginnings --
Warp and weft --
Signed with a pomegranate --
Carpet of corpses --
My mother's friend the warlord --
Epilogue : September 2009 --
Glossary.
Responsibility: Christopher Aslan Alexander.

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'Enjoyable account of the seven years the author spent in the remote desert oasis of Khiva, Uzbekistan.' -- Bookseller 'This travelogue enriches our understanding of a little-known world, and as Read more...

 
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