Tribal Rugs – Treasures of the Black Tent
By Brian MacDonald
This new edition contains a much larger chapter on the Turkmen tribes and extensive updating throughout. The focus of the book is the Turkmen tribes, the Baluch and Timuri tribes inhabiting the borderlands of Iran and Afghanistan, the Persian tribes and lastly, the village rugs from the tribes that inhabit the Caucasus.
The book is an exploration of one of the most ancient crafts in the world. Beginning with the discovery of the oldest complete rug, which has been dated to the 4th-5th century BC, the reader is taken on a journey through the weaving history of the nomadic peoples of Iran, Afghanistan, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The aim is to provide an introduction for the novice and excite the more knowledgeable to further study.