Stars of the Caucasus Silk Embroideries From Azerbaijan

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2018-03-19
  • Publisher: Hali Publications Ltd

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Supplemental Materials

What is included with this book?


  • First book on the subject of antique Azerbaijan silk embroideries
  • Contains previously unpublished research and previously unseen material
  • By a selection of world-leading experts and scholars

Published on the occasion of an important international loan exhibition at The Azerbaijan National Museum in Baku, this multi-author book is much more than a mere catalog. Containing previously unpublished research and a wealth of previously hidden material from museums and private collections around the world, and written by a team of international museum professionals and independent scholars, it is the first coordinated and detailed study of the West Caspian region's characteristic silk embroideries. The book traces the history of embroidery in the Caucasus, the multi-cultural sources of domestic embroidery, iconography and designs in which the textile traditions of the Iranian and Turkic worlds meet, materials and needlework techniques, as well as the relationship between embroidery and the pile carpet weaving tradition in the region.

Author Biography

Alberto Boralevi, Michael Franses, Brian Morehouse, Penny Oakley and Asli Samadova are independent scholars in the field of carpets and textiles. Murray L. Eiland III is an archaeologist and textile researcher. Jennifer Wearden, Moya Carey, Sumru Belger Krody and Irina Koshoridze are all former or current museum textile curators in London (V&A), Washington DC (The Textile Museum) and Tbilisi.

Table of Contents

1 Silk Treasures of Azerbaijan, Alberto Boralevi & Asli Samadova

2 Historical Azerbaijan, Murray L. Eiland III

3 Caucasian Embroideries in Context, Penny Oakley

4 Safavid-style Domestic Embroideries from Historical Azerbaijan, 1550–1800, Michael Franses

5 Silk Culture in the Caucasus, Irina Koshoridze

6 Azerbaijan Embroidery Techniques, Jennifer Wearden

7 ‘What Went Before to Make It as It Was? Caucasian Embroidered Textiles from The Textile Museum Collection, Sumru Belger Krody

8 ‘Busily Engaged on Embroidery': Collecting and Curatorship for the V&A, Moya Carey

9 An Early Museum Collection: Azerbaijan Embroideries in the V&A, Penny Oakley

10 A Shared Design Lexicon: Azerbaijan Embroideries and Rugs, Brian Morehouse

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