Shawls of Kashmir
Kashmir shawls have long been treasured for their luxurious materials and splendid evocative designs. Their softness, ability to warm the body and brilliant coloration were revered throughout the Near East for centuries...
Mystery Tapestries Identified
During the last two decades appreciation for all types of flat-woven textiles has grown immensely and no longer are these documents of warp and weft placed on the back shelf of art history.
Archaeology and Slit-Tapestry
Long before the invention of the modern loom, perhaps as early as the middle of the Neolithic period c.7000BC, extremely simple but highly functional warp weighted looms created patterned tapestries.
The author, Siawosch Azadi from Hamburg, Germany, has been studying the Turkmen people and collecting historic examples of their weaving arts for almost 50 years.
From Tent and Town
Turkmen weavings, like the Turkmen themselves, are as little understood today as they were at the end of the last century. It was at that time, circa 1875, the Czarist Russian government finally succeeded in conquering the various groups...