Dora Penga's book on handmade carpets is finally in the bookshops! The 370-page volume, product of ten years' research and experience, is ready. With the modest title "The Oriental Carpet", it is considered a landmark in the Greek scientific research on textiles and carpets. At the same time, with its 265 color pictures, it is the most complete guide to proven and correct information on handmade carpets, for the average reader and consumer, in the Greek language.
The presentation of the book "The Oriental Carpet" by Dora Penga, which was published by University Studio Press, was held on Monday, October 23, 2000, at the Gallery of Books (Στοά του Βιβλίου), in the Hall of Speech and Art.
Ms. Anna Panagiotarea, journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Media of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki and Ms. Milingou-Markantoni, assistant pro-fessor in the Folklore Department, of the Philosophical School of Athens University, presented the book. The author herself, also, spoke for the book.
With equal success took place the official presentation of the book in Thessaloniki, at the Cultural and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia and Thrace, on November 1, 2000. The event was held at the beautiful and recently renovated rooms of the Museum, that opened its doors to the public especially for this event.
Mr. Nik. Moutsopoulos, honorary professor of the Architectural School of the Aristotelian Univer-sity of Thessaloniki and Ms. Efi Voutira, assistant professor at the School of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University Makedonia, presented the book. Also, for the book spoke Mr. Spiros Zlatanos, president of the Board of Administration of the Museum and the author, Dora Penga, herself.
The speakers also spoke about the history and the evolution of the handmade carpet through out the centuries, and its value as a work of art and as an object used in everyday life.
A great number of people attended both events, among them, people from the arts and literature world along with local celebrities and dignitaries.
In our effort to spread information on the civilization of the Oriental handmade carpet, to as many Greek cities as we can, on October 8, 2001, we presented Dora Penga's book in the city of Ioannina, at the Hotel "Du Lac", with speakers: Mrs. Vasso Rokou, Folkloric Art Professor University and Mrs. Emilia themopoulou, Contemporary History Professor at Ioannina Univeristy.
On November 22, 2001, the book was presented in the city of Komotini, with speakers: Mrs. Maria Abatzi, journalist and Mrs. Jenny Katsari. On February 6, 2002, we presented the book in Serres, at the Hotel XENIA, with speaker Mrs. Despina Giannakidou, journalist. Next presenta-tion of the book at the end of November will be at Veroia.
"Thus, indulging, on one side, in the magic of the old oriental carpet, and meeting, on the other side, the contemporary carpet makers, Dora Penga has created a book rich in informa-tion, as well as pleasant to read, a true 'fairytale'".
From the book's revue,
in the Sunday edition of "VIMA",
October 8, 2000,
by Ms. TONIA MAKRA.
"An excellent publication about the Oriental carpets and their history, has enriched recently Greek bibliography, signed by well-known Thessaloniki carpet merchant, Dora Penga. The author with great interest and love, has poured over the history of carpets and the scientific documentation of the methods of making them. She has visited many times the countries of the Orient and the desert nomadic tribes, achieving to imprint within the 370 pages of this wonderful book, the experience and knowledge she acquired, during her long systematic studies and on the spot research".
From "Stilos tis Orthodoxias"
newspaper, December 2003,