The ‘Oriental Rug Lexicon’ by Peter F. Stone, published in 1997, has in a very long period been a most important reference work for collectors and rug professionals seeking information on oriental rugs, their origins, motifs and history.
His new book and second edition ‘Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins’ published by Tuttle Publisning in November 2013, is more than just an update of his first rug lexicon. It is now illustrated with more than 1000 color images and drawings and provides updated information about many new topics.
The lexicon includes definitions for rug terms referring to pile rugs and flatweaves primarely from the Near East and continental Asia, but rugs from other areas are included too. Rug names are, most often and very confusing, especially for the novice collector, spelled different depending on the dealer or author. Peter F. Stones book and lexicon fills that gap by providing the most common spellings and alternatives in each paragraph of the lexicon.
‘Oriental Rugs: An illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins’ is a recommended buy even for those who have the first edition of the ‘Oriental Rug Lexicon’.