Ipek. The Crescent & the Rose. Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets

Ipek. The Crescent & the Rose. Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets
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Written by Nurhan Atasoy, Walter B. Denny, Louise W. Mackie & Hulya Tezcan. Compiled and edited by Julian Raby & Alison Effeny.

London. Azimuth Editions. 2001. First edition. Hardback edition. Red cloth hardback, dust jacket. 360 pages. 107 colour plates and 370 b&w text illustrations. 365 x 290mm (14 x 11"). 3.7kg. 1898592195. English. Fine; an excellent copy with no marks, tears or inscriptions.

A lavishly produced study of Ottoman silk textiles of the 16th and 17th centuries. The book's parts are 'The historical and cultural background', 'The Ottoman silk industry', 'Trade', 'Silk textile manufacturing', 'Dating Ottoman silk textiles', 'Designs and layouts' and 'Technical analyses of selected textiles'. Also included are a glossary and bibliography. The text is generously illustrated and is accompanied by high-quality, full-colour plates which bring the textiles to life.

'Status symbols, diplomatic gifts, artistic mediums and economic treasures--figured silk fabrics were among the most powerful and most characteristic artistic products of the Ottoman Empire. Wars were fought for control of silk revenues, and governments devoted major bureaucratic efforts toward the organization, regulation and taxation of silk production. Ipek: The Crescent & the Roseis the most comprehensive and magnificently illustrated overview of Ottoman silk textiles of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Its lavish, full-bleed, six-color reproductions of fabrics from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, and from lesser-known ecclesiastical treasuries in the Balkans, Sweden, Poland and Russia, demonstrate the creativity of Ottoman weavers in rich detail, and will appeal to anyone with an interest in design or a general appreciation for visual delights. Accompanied by scholarly essays that shed light on the different historical, legislative, economic and technological factors that determined the history of these textiles.' (from the publisher's description).