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Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet
Brian Murphy (au)
Follows Persian carpets from the remote villages of Afghanistan & Iran where they are woven, on to the bazaars where they are traded, to the Sufis & mystic poets who find magic in their designs, & finally, to a carpet showroom in New York. Chronicles how carpets embody humanity’s striving for perfection. Here are stories of the weavers & their dreams, the “mules” who move the carpets from place to place, the tradesmen who sell them in the bazaars, & the refugee compelled to trade a carpet he believes contains the soul of his grandmother -- because his family must eat. The madder plant has fed the carpets’ red brilliance since the earliest weavings. But the power of its palette, like the dyers’ traditions, threatens to pass from memory. Color illus.
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