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Verlag der "Teppich-Börse"
Wandkarte der Teppichgebiete
Vienna, ca. 1939. A remarkable visualization of well-known carpet regions in the Middle East and Central Asia, produced at the height of the 'Persian rug craze'.This stunning and unusual thematic map focuses on the distribution of rug-production in the Middle East and Central Asia. It extends from Turkey and Egypt in the west, to the borders of India, China, and Tibet in the east. In doing so, it encompasses an array of cultures in which hand-woven colorful carpets constitute a timeless and ubiquitous mode of decoration.This map would have been an excellent tool for people planning and executing carpet-buying trips in the 1930s. Traveling long distances in order to acquire particular goods for one's estate was not an uncommon pastime of the post-Victorian age, and the map demonstrates this trend on several different levels. For those with cultural inclinations, the map includes important ruin-fields (Ruinenstädte) such as Persepolis as a bonus.The map has subdivided all of Western Asia into distinct carpet-producing regions, giving each a color code for easy distinction and identification. Even though the legend suggests these to be state borders (Staatsgrenzen), the subdivisions do not reflect political realities of the age.Rather, its main purpose is the subdivision of the region into different categories. Each region embodies a number of weaving and patterning traditions that have crystalized into distinct and nameable carpet-styles. Most of these would only have been vaguely familiar to buyers, and so we must imagine that this map primarily was commissioned as support m … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Neatline Antique Maps [United States]
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