Oriental Rug Symbols: Their Origins and Meanings from the Middle East to China

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780856674648
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/1/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Pt. I Middle Eastern and Turkoman Symbols 41
Some Dates and Events 42
Animals 45
Birds 53
Flowers 63
Trees 75
Other Symbols 81
Borders 97
Pt. II Chinese Symbols 102
Bibliography 133
Index 135
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