Cristopher Alexander has assembled what many believe to be one of the finest collections of early Turkish carpets in the world. More than half the carpets are unique examples - carpets with no known counterpart. In this richly illustrated volume - featuring six hundered illustrations, ninety eight in full color - Alexander takes readers on an engaging tour of his beautiful collection.
The book includes the 13th-centry White Field Seljuk Carpet with Infinite Repeat of Dragons, the 14th-century Red Carpet with Tree of Life and Animals, a Byzantine-Timurid Prototype, the Flaming Animal Spirit Carpet with Vultures, a Turquoise Lattice Carpet from Alcaraz, the 14th-century Red and Yellow Carpet with Dragons and Fishes, a rare Green Field Bird Carpet, the dazzling color and brillant geometry of a 15t-century Carpet with Head Masks and Guls, an Endless Knot Design Hispano-Moresque Carpet, and one of Alexander's favorites, a Star Carpet with Flowers, whose designs he describes as "the high point of all Sufi art, the state of liberation, in which the artist is so free, that he able to be completely natural."In addition, Alexander elaborates on his theory that these carpets teach structure to artistsand architects through the beauty of their form.
This book makes an important contribution to the world of carpet acholarship. It contains ehr first coherent theory of at structure of carpet designs, and contains much material that anticipates Alexander's general theory of order which will appear in the forthcoming volume of that name.
Equally important, Alexanders's thoughtful meditations on these carpets will fascinate the many architects, artist, and planners who follow his work.