Book 'Scissor Bags & Sheep Scissors' by ...

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Scissor Bags

This beautiful new publication, 'Scissor Bags & Sheep Scissors' by Peter Umney-Gray, arrived on my desk last week. For those interested not only in scissor bags but in the utilitarian weavings of the nomads of Transcaucasia, Persia and Central Asia, then this well-researched publication is a must.
Scissor bags, as the name implies, were used for the transportation of sheep shearing scissors, a container as important as the tool bag.
As Peter Umney-Gray states in his introduction, one of the challenges has been to obtain enough examples to present a reasonable reflection of the tradition. As utilitarian objects, scissor bags were made, used, discarded and replaced in a continuous cycle. They normally had a relatively short lifespan due to the nature of the scissors with their sharp points, which eventually destroyed their integrity. Therefore today, few of these beautifully-made nineteenth century items have survived and finding them, presents a huge challenge.
This book can be purchased direct from Peter at at 55.00 GBP plus postage or get in touch with me and I can point you in the right direction.

Book 'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the ...

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Tribal Rugs

'Tribal Rugs - Treasures of the Black Tent' was first published in 1997, followed by a second edition in 2010 and proving so poular, an up-dated third edition was published in 2017. This third edition is now nearing its end and, as I write, there are around 100 copies left.
My lifelong love of tribal rugs started in my early 20s in 1972 when I spent a year living with two nomadic tribes in southern Iran whilst carrying out survey work for two archaeological expeditions. After this amazing experience, I went on to work in Kerman until 1977, when it was time to leave with the Iranian Revolution in sight! After several years working in the London finance sector, I threw in the towel and opened Samarkand Galleries in Stow-on-the-Wold in the beautiful Cotswolds, where I still am today, although now working from home on-line.
With my love of tribal rugs, and regularly acquiring great examples, I spent approximately 10 years in my spare time, writing this book, dedicated to the pre-1900 carpets, rugs, kilims and weavings of the Persian, Transcaucasian, Afghan and Turkmen tribes.
The book is available from me and on-line at 50 plus postage.