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Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia and Transcaucasia

Wertime, John T

Published by Laurence King Publishing / Hali Publications Limited, London, 1998
ISBN 10: 1856691071 / ISBN 13: 9781856691079
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Title: Sumak Bags of Northwest Persia and ...

Publisher: Laurence King Publishing / Hali Publications Limited, London

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition


240 pp. 170 colour illustrations. 15 b/w illustations. 1 map. 141 examples of Sumak bags woven by the nomadic tribes of Northern Persia and the Caucasus. Texts include historical and cultural background and examples from each of the many regions. Also includes appendices on dyes, the backs of sumak bag faces, measuring degrees of fineness in Extra-weft wrapping, woven structures and recent fakes as well as notes, bibliography and index. Internally clean without marks or additions. Sound binding. Black paper covered boards with gilt titles on the backstrip. Split in front panel joint at the foot of the spine but binding remains fully intact. Colour pictorial dustjacket is protected by clear plastic book wrap. Exellent research copy. A large heavy folio (1.97 kg. / 4.33 lbs. + packaging) requiring additional shipping charges. Please contact us for details. Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 010080

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Synopsis: Sumak bags were woven by tribes in the Near East to store and carry articles and foodstuffs, and range in size from small salt bags to large bedding bags. Sumak is not a people or region, but a technique - an elaborate form of flat-weaving. Owing to their sophisticated weaving technique, strong colours and highly decorative design, sumak bags from that region are particularly sought after by collectors. With reference to a selection of the best pieces available, the author of this book develops a case for pinpointing specific regional weaving styles, by grouping the bags according to shared design repertoire, use of colour, and sumak technique.

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