St. Petersburg: Rus muz, 2001. sewn cl. The collection of the Russian Museum stems from collections built in the pre-Revolutionary period, first, from the inspired collecting of Nikolai Burdunov and, second, from the Handicraft Museum in St. Petersburg, whose works passed to the Russian Museum after its closing. The author considers the carpets as works of applied art and looks at their uses of the carpets in Islamic rituals and everyday use: for example, as covering for the camel that bore a bride to her groom’s house, as prayer rugs, as talismans for the house, and to cover beds or serve as doors to yurts. The patterns in the carpets have symbolic meanings that were often peculiar to the tribes who wove them. The materials and colors vary greatly, some carpets having as many as seventeen hues and using several kinds of thread (camel and goat wool, silk, cotton). 36 pp., 9 ½ x 9 ins., 35 color, Rus. Item #2021
2ND ISBN: 393529803X.