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Dhurries : history, pattern, technique, identification
Chaldecott, Nada.
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New York : Thames & Hudson, [2003]

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160 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 31 cm
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NK2876.A1 C43 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The first thorough guide to the dhurrie, a cotton flatweave floor covering widely used in India. This book incorporates over 240 examples and examines the techniques and materials used, as well as photos of dhurries used in contemporary interiors.

Author Notes

Nada Chaldecott originated the Textiles, Carpets and Tapestries course at Sotheby's Institute, London. Her researches on dhurries have taken her throughout India and Pakistan.

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Library Journal Review

Traditionally used in India, dhurries are flat, woven mats that come in a wide variety of colors, designs, and sizes. Until now, these utilitarian and decorative floor coverings have hidden in the shadow of the more glamorous Oriental rug. A researcher and instructor at Sotheby's Institute in London, Chaldecott here shines a light on these traditional Indian textiles, using 248 excellent color photos and historical Indian paintings. The author warms to her topic as she pulls out intriguing tidbits and observations, such as prison-produced dhurries or how a striped weave mimics a tiger-skin rug. The book arranges the dhurries by design and theme, clearly cataloging and defining examples and delving into their history, technique, and use. Dhurries are not generally covered in guides to Oriental rugs-technically, carpets are knotted to create a pile, while the dhurrie is a flat weave-and there is very little else available in print on this subject. Thus, this is a fine addition to the textile art field, though it is highly specialized. Recommended for special collections or larger academic libraries.-Karen Ellis, Nicholson Memorial Lib. Syst., Garland, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Floor Paintings
Reed Mats and Tigerskins
The History of the Dhurrie
Materials and Techniques
Chapter 1 Striped Dhurriesp. 38
Large Striped
Small Striped
Chapter 2 Pictorial Dhurriesp. 52
Noah's Ark
Tree of Life and Vase
Chapter 3 Floral Dhurriesp. 76
Scrolling Vine and Blossom
Repeat Floral Design
Lattice and Blossom Design
Chapter 4 Medallion Dhurriesp. 86
Large Gul
Small Gul
Central and Triple Medallion
Chapter 5 Geometric Dhurriesp. 110
Tile Pattern
Stylized Lattice and Blossom
Jali Pattern
Modernist Designs
Patterns from Colourful Textiles
Chapter 6 Prayer Dhurriesp. 136
Conclusionp. 154
Notesp. 155
Glossaryp. 156
Select Bibliographyp. 157
Acknowledgmentsp. 158
Photo Creditsp. 158
Indexp. 158