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The Carpet Wars: From Kabul to Baghdad: A Ten-Year Journey Along Ancient Trade Routes

by Kremmer, Christopher

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New York: HarperCollins, 2002. First US Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. Type: Hardback First American Edition 2002. Firat published in Australia in 2002. Hardcover Book in Very Good Condition, with Dust Jacket in Near Fine Condition. Black half cloth w/copper titles, copper paper-wrappered boards, half inche whitish mark on front near lower edge, lower corners gently bumped, else Fine, quite clean, binding tight, solid and square. Internals in Fine Condition. Nine Parts, separated with full page illustration and a decorated page. Two 8 page sections of illustrations on coated paper. Maps. Apart from oil, carpets are the best known commodity in the Muslim world. Christopher Kremmer chronicles the fascinating ten-year journey along the ancient carpet trade route that runs through the world's most misunderstood and volatile regions--Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, India, Pakistan and the former Soviet Union republics of Central Asia. The simplest motif on a rug can be filled with religious, tribal, and political significance, places where life continues to bustle with bargaining and gossip at the bazaars, whille nations crumble, leaders fall, confrontation between freedom and terror looms. It is also an historical snapshot of countries at the center of global confrontation that exploded onto the home front on September 11, 2001. xii + 448 pages with Notes, Bibliography, Glosary and Index. 6.25 x 9.25 inches. 2002, HarperCollins, New York.

A travel book about the cultural signifigance of carpets in the republics of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir, Iran, Iraq, and the Central Asian republics.  The people are born on carpets, pray on carpets, and carpets are draped over tombs, as well as used as currency throughout history. Christopher Kremmer spent 10 years as a journalist in the region, and his bookis full of fascinating anecdotes and interviews that provide a glimpse into the traditional customs of this tumultuous region of the world.


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