978-1-898592-19-8 / 1898592195

Ipek: The Crescent & The Rose: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets

by Atasoy, Nurhan

Publisher:Azimuth Editions



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This beautiful, mint, unread, First Edition, HARDBACK, Azimuth Editions, Istanbul, 2001, has a scarlet cloth cover with gilt lettering to the front cover and the spine. The mint, unclipped dust jacket has minor, invisible repairs and all is protected in an extra, bespoke, clear acid-free slipcover. There are 107 magnificent, large colour plates and 370 black and white figures showing details of the designs. The book size is 11" w x 14.4" h with a glossary, notes, a bibliography, an index and 360 pristine pages on heavy high quality paper. ISBN 1898592195. A real gem! "As early as the year 1300, textiles woven by Turks and Tartars were a byword for luxury and beauty in Italy, and Dante, describing the multicoloured skin of the giant Gerione, evoked the simile of such patterned fabrics: 'lo dosso e'l petta e ambedue le cos, dipinti avea di nodi e di rotelle: can pių color, sommesse e sovrappos, non fer mai drappi Tartari nč Turchi.' "....the painted back, front and two sides showed points and spirals of many colours: neither Tartars nor Turks ever made cloth of such a weave and decoration.' In the mid-16th century, the Habsburg ambassador to the Ottoman court, Ogier Ghiselin de Busbecq, spoke of Turkish silks in an almost rhapsodic fashion: 'Now come with me and cast your eye over the immense crowd of turbaned heads, wrapped in countless folds of the whitest silk, and bright raiment of every kind and hue, and everywhere the brilliance of gold, silver, purple, silk and satin. A detailed description would be a lengthy task, and no mere words could give an adequate idea of the novelty of the sight. A more beautiful spectacle was never presented to my gaze. In the early 18th century Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the wife of England's ambassador to Turkey and herself one of the most brilliant letter-writers of all time

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