“The book’s author has been professionally active in the trade of handmade oriental rugs for many years; she has made countless journeys to the lands where the rugs are manufactured and conducted long-term research among the populations that used to create them, and those who still do. Gathering the results of her research, classifying and recording them, and highlighting the author’s experience in conjunction with the relevant international literature has been an extensive and time-consuming project; the result is this exceptional publication.
We are confident that this book, the product of experience, research, and the author’s deep practical knowledge, covers a large void in the Greek bibliography. Firstly, it provides to the thousands of Greek enthusiasts of oriental rugs a useful tool that will help them assess the offerings on the Greek market. Secondly, to those who love the Orient, it offers an opportunity to vicariously follow the historic and geographical movements of its populations and tribes, and to study its amazing cultures. Finally, it will serve as an important aid in the comparative study of contemporary Greek carpet-weaving and shall contribute to its reorganisation, if ever the conditions are ripe for its development.”
Preface by Euphrosyne Roupa
Art and Applied Arts Historian, M.A.