Commodity and Exchange in the Mongol Empire: A Cultural History of Islamic Textiles

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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In the thirteenth century the Mongols created a vast, transcontinental empire that intensified commercial and cultural contact throughout Eurasia. From the outset of their expansion, the Mongols identified and mobilized artisans of diverse backgrounds, frequently transporting them from one cultural zone to another. Prominent among those transported were Muslim textile workers, resettled in China, where they made clothes for the imperial court. In a meticulous and fascinating account, the author investigates the significance of cloth and colour in the political and cultural life of the Mongols. Situated within the broader context of the history of the Silk Road, the primary line in East-West cultural communication during the pre-Muslim era, the study promises to be of interest not only to historians of the Middle East and Asia, but also to art historians and textile specialists.

Table of Contents

Preface page xi
Note on transliteration xiii
Abbreviations used in the notes xiv
Consumption and use
Acquisition and production
Clothing and color
Cultural transmission
Appendix: designs on Mongolian clothing 107(2)
Bibliography 109(20)
Index 129

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