There was a time when everything was made by hand. There was no other way. Skills were refined as they passed from one generation to the next. It is a continuum drawing to a close. Work that was once common and essential survives today as art or craft, or has disappeared entirely. […]
The Jameh Mosque is just off the enormous main square at the center of the old city in Isfahan. Originally built in the 8th century, re-built in the 11th, and continually renovated since then, the mosque is a mix of architectural styles. The size and grandeur of the place is daunting, but wandering around the […]
I recently spent two weeks visiting historical sites and touring rug weaving facilities in Iran. Arriving in Shiraz, we were met by our host for the trip Reza Zollanvari. Reza’s family is famous for having produced a line of Gabbe carpets that defined the market in such goods in the US and Europe for the […]
‘Chilkat Dance Blankets’ – as they are commonly known – are a product of an old weaving tradition practiced by native peoples of the Pacific coastal areas of Alaska and British Columbia. Their structure is a surprisingly complex mix of twining, plaiting, and weft wrapping used skillfully to create complex curvilinear designs.
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