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Islamic textiles

Author: Patricia L Baker
Publisher: London : British Museum Press, [1995] ©1995
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From the fine linens of medieval Egypt to the sumptuous silks and velvets of the Ottoman empire, textiles produced in the heartlands of the Islamic world have for centuries been highly valued and transported over vast distances. Whether offered as tribute, worn to express status or belief, or simply bought and sold by merchants and travellers from many countries, textiles have played a crucial cultural and economic  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Baker, Patricia L.
Islamic textiles.
London : British Museum Press, ©1995
(OCoLC)606990887
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patricia L Baker
ISBN: 0714125229 9780714125220
OCLC Number: 34514272
Description: 192 pages : illustrations (some color), 1 map ; 29 cm
Contents: Textiles, trade routes and society --
Early Islamic period I : textiles as tribute --
Early Islamic period II: textiles at court --
Mamluk textiles --
Ottoman opulence --
Safavid splendour --
Textiles of Qajar Iran --
Eighteenth- and nineteenth--century Ottoman fabrics --
The contemporary world.
Responsibility: Patricia L. Baker.

Abstract:

"From the fine linens of medieval Egypt to the sumptuous silks and velvets of the Ottoman empire, textiles produced in the heartlands of the Islamic world have for centuries been highly valued and transported over vast distances. Whether offered as tribute, worn to express status or belief, or simply bought and sold by merchants and travellers from many countries, textiles have played a crucial cultural and economic role in Islamic society, where often a majority of the population earned a living from their manufacture and trade. The distinctive patterns and motifs were also to have an enduring effect on European design." "The book begins with a description of materials and technical processes before moving chronologically from the early Islamic period through to the twentieth century. Exploring this rich tradition from the combined perspective of an art historian and textile expert, Dr Baker draws on a wide variety of evidence - from documents, photographs and examples of textiles from museum collections all over the world - to tell the fascinating story of Islamic textiles in a new way."--Jacket.

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