London: Azimuth Editions, 2001. Paperback. Glossy color-illustrated softcover with cream lettering. 360 pp. Mainly color illustrations. Maps. VG- light wear to edges and corners, previous owner's name on inside of front cover in ink, top corners of first two pages are creased. Item #167204
"Figured silk fabrics were among the most powerful and most characteristic artistic products of the Ottoman empire. Through their role as diplomatic gifts, silks came to symbolize the Ottoman imperium to foreigners, while at home they were an important vehicle for the transmission of artistic ideas, and a key factor in the economy. Wars were fought for control of silk revenues, and governments devoted major bureaucratic efforts towards the organization, regulation and taxation of silk production. Silks took a major role in Ottoman public ceremonies and in upper-class culture, denoting status and forming a part of the compensation of state officials." "This book is the result of an international research project undertaken over a number of years. It is the first major study of Ottoman textiles to attempt a classification of the key technical and decorative categories, and is also the first to offer a catalogue of dateable textiles. The authors not only draw on the famous collections of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul and other major museums around the world, but have rediscovered many lesser-known fabrics in ecclesiastical treasuries in Russia and Central Europe. New research in the Ottoman archives has shed documentary light on the legislation of silk production, and on the competing industries of Bursa and Istanbul."-Book Cover.
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