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Last Updated: February 19, 2011


Beyond the Silk Road: Arts of Central Asia, by Christina Sumner and Heleanor Feltham
A wonderful introduction to Central Asian history, arts, and crafts, with accompanying color and black-and-white illustrations of dresses, hats, rugs, pottery, and design patterns. Based on an exhibition at Sydney, Australia's Powerhouse Museum.

The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan, by Johannes Kalter

Traditional Textiles of Central Asia, by Janet Harvey

This book discusses the Silk Road's influences on Central Asian textiles. Textile materials, dyes, looms, and decorations are discussed and color-illustrated.

Turkish Delights, by Philippa Scott

...all things Ottoman. It is this cultural influence, spanning five hundred years - from the fall of Constantinople through to the twentieth century - that unites the wealth of paintings, drawing, photographs and decorative objects in this sumptuously illustrated book. The result is a visual feast of Turkish delights, from the exotic allure of the harem and Turkish baths to Ottoman-inspired Western interiors and pavilions; from paintings of Europeans in gorgeous Turkish costume to carpets, silks, tulips, turbans, Iznik tiles, coffee, tobacco, croissants...The delightfully informative text explains how Turkey, the gateway to the East, became a fountain of inspiration for so many artistic and cultural fields - painting, ceramics, textiles, interiors, fashion - in the West. Today the many fruits of this cultural meeting, enticingly displayed in this book, will engage a fresh audience with the decorative possibilities of the ravishing colours, motifs and furnishings of traditional Turkey.

Turkish Art of Marbling, by Fuat Basar and Yavuz Tiryaki

Iznik: The Artistry of Ottoman Ceramics, by Walter B. Denny

Denny offers new perspectives on one of the most popular Islamic art forms. Covering both Iznik pieces de forme and the famous Iznik tiles that decorate Ottoman imperial monuments, the book integrates the entire spectrum of Iznik production, both titles and wares, with the broader artistic tradition in which it originated. There are 250 illustrations, 230 of which are in color.

Treasury of Turkish Design: 670 Motifs from Iznik Pottery, by Azade Akar

Turkish Style, by Stephane Yerasimos, photographs by Ara Güler and Samim Rifat, illustrations by Kaya Dinçer

The Turkish home is a living tradition whose refinements has continued uninterrupted for over 10,000 years, from the earliest recorded dwellings of Central Anatolia to the modern Istanbul townhouse. During this time, the rise and the fall of great empires - Hittite, Byzantine, Ottoman - has brought a mosaic of influences from as far afield as Africa and the Balkans. Certain felicitous principles have come to dominate Turkish domestic design: simplicity, economy, and a respect for human needs. Turkish Style drws aside the veil of privacy to lead us into the dicreet, carefully hidden interiors. We see houses that have evolved to suit local conditions and needs, from the earthen buildings of Cappadocia and Kayseri and the whitewashed walls of the Aegean coast to the stone masonry of Central and eastern Anatolia. At the heart of the Turkish experience is Istanbul: a twentieth-century metropolis still filled with beauty and mystery, tinged with the colors of ancient cultures and past times. Old wooden buildings dream in huge gardens along the Bosphorus; the angles of contemporary apartments are softened with accessories and kilims; in every house are Turkish coffee pots, handmade embroideries, and colored glass. Throughout, spectacular color photography invites us to share in the enjoyment of these decorativemarvels, bringing us closer than ever before to the design, the architecture, and the lifestyle of this entrancing culture.

Istanbul: City of Two Continents (Sketchbook), by John Cleave and John Freely

Color illustrations (digitally-watercolored photographs) of both Istanbul's famous landmarks and its lesser known sites: palaces, houses, castles, shopping malls, religious buildings, and more. Written descriptions accompany the illustrations.

Empire of the Sultans: Ottoman Art from the Collection of Nasser D. Khalili, by J. M. Rogers

Turkish Traditional Art Today, by Henry Glassie

"This beautifully produced work examines the traditional folk arts of Turkey: woodwork, carpets, calligraphy, and weaving. The study is concerned with folk art as a living tradition practiced by living artists; individual artists and their works are described, as are traditional techniques, often in great detail. Geographically arranged, this book fully describes various regions, illustrating each with numerous photographs. Juxtaposing photographs of the area with the objects produced there gives an integrated experience and greatly facilitates understanding of the artistic traditions. The quality of reproduction is excellent, and the publisher is most generous with the number of illustrations included. This comprehensive, well-researched, and clearly written survey should be included in every art library." - Martin Chasin, in Library Journal

A Foreshadowing of 21st Century Art: The Color and Geometry of Very Early Turkish Carpets, by Christopher Alexander

Return to Tradition: The Revitalization of Turkish Village Carpets, by June Anderson

Monuments of Central Asia: A Guide to the Archaeology, Art and Architecture of Turkestan, by Edgar Knobloch

In this comprehensive account of the culture and history of Central Asia, Edgar Knobloch describes the main centers of the age-old civilization. Throughout the book he spices the text with quotations from the works of contemporary travelers, while providing an expert's commentary on the archaeological, architectural, and decorative features of the sites he describes. His original photographs are supplemented by numerous line drawings, plans of the main cities, and sketches of principal monuments and their ornamental features.

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