C is for Carpet

What could more appropriate right now than to do a list of books involving carpets? If you’ve been in the Library lately, you will undoubtedly have noticed the smell and the chaos (which for librarians is only slightly more organized than everyone else’s chaos!) of our new carpeting project.  Regardless, here are a few titles about the art of weaving, if you’re not already tired of the whole subject!

Annotations are courtesy of NoveList Plus.

FICTION:

Anahita’s Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

  • In Iran, more than 100 years ago, a young girl with three suitors gets permission from her father and a holy man to weave into her wedding rug a riddle to be solved by her future husband, which will ensure that he has wit to match hers.

The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

  • After her father dies without leaving her with a dowry, a seventeenth-century Persian teen becomes a servant to her wealthy rug designer uncle in the court of Shah Abbas the Great, where her weaving talents prove both a blessing and curse.

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

  • In an extinct world where carpet makers once dedicated entire lifetimes to weaving elaborately knotted carpets for their emperor, a group of strangers arrives to examine the history of the carpets and makes an astonishing discovery.

The Virgin’s Knot by Holly Payne

  • Preparing dowries in the form of mystical healing rugs for young brides, celebrated virgin Turkish weaver Nurdane questions the limitations of her faith and culture when she is forced to choose between her craft and her chance for a loving life.

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NONFICTION:

The Root of Wild Madder: Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet by Brian Murphy

  • An accessible history of Persian carpet making identifies elements of faith and symbolism that have inspired traditional weaves, explaining the carpet’s role in the Middle Eastern economy and culture.

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