Rugs Wall Hangings - Period Designs & Contemporary Techniques Author:Joan Scobey, Marjorie Sablow (Illustrator) This is really two books in one: the history of rugs, and a primer on contemporary rugmaking techniques. The history is descriptive: how rug designs originated; how rugmaking traditions sprang up; what the materials and techniques were. Mrs. Scobey takes us all over the world - to Persia, China, India, England, Spain, America (for both American ... more »Indian and Early American designs). Her aim is to make it easy to identify the type and origin of a rug or wall hanging and then to enable the reader to duplicate the pattern in his or her home.
The second half of the book is how-to. It contains a full explanation of how you can duplicate the great designs by using contemporary techniques and materials at home. How needlepoint, latch hooking, punch hooking, and rya can be adapted for rugs, for example, or how to use portable rugmaking implements. Both sections are fully illustrated, in color and black and white, with both line drawings and photographs. There are also numerous charts, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions. There is a large section of original rug designs as well.« less