A beautifully illustrated exploration of the textile traditions of a culturally diverse region, from the late eighteenth century to the present day, featuring works from the extraordinary textile collection at the British Museum
Textiles of the Middle East and Central Asia explores the significance and beauty of textiles from across the Middle East, Turkey, and Central Asia. This vast region has been the focus of population movements, exploration, and trade for thousands of years and is home to a wealth of textile traditions. From the intricate embroidery on a Palestinian wedding dress to the complex iconography on an Afghan war rug, textiles reflect the beliefs, practices, and experiences of people from these lands.
The book is arranged thematically with pieces grouped according to their purpose or meaning, enabling, for example, the comparison of domestic furnishings, wedding attire, and children’s garments from across the region. The book also includes contemporary works that grapple with modern political issues.
The textiles featured include male and female garments, hats and headdresses, rugs and felts, children’s clothing, dolls, tent hangings, amulets and animal harnesses. Focusing on the British Museum’s remarkable collection, Textiles of the Middle East and Central Asia offers a wealth of creative inspiration and will be essential reading for anyone interested in textiles and the cultures of the Middle East and Central Asia.
The book features 200 illustrations in color and black and white.
About the Author
Fahmida Suleman is Phyllis Bishop Curator for the Modern Middle East at the British Museum. She is the editor of Word of God, Art of Man: the Qur’an and its Creative Expressions.
'A fascinating visual resource, full of beautiful, detailed images and lots of surprises ... exciting ... the text is concise and informative ... It is a pleasure to learn by looking through this delightful book' - Jennifer Wearden, former curator of Islamic Textiles at the Victoria & Albert Museum
'A visual feast and an eye-opening history' - History Revealed
'Lives up to its title in examining "the fabric of life" across time in this vast region' - Embroidery
'Richly illustrated ... there is a lot to be learned about the region in this beautifully presented book' - Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers