This three and a half hour lecture and lab introduces the mysterious, complex world of antique and new oriental rugs.

Following the legendary Silk Road, the course surveys carpets of the major weaving areas originating from Turkey eastward through the Caucasus Mountains, across Iran and central Asia to western China. On this journey, methods of weaving, dyes, motifs, design, and artistry are explored along with the cultures that produced these treasured artifacts. Students examine numerous rugs and exhibits, including 16th century fragments, and 19th century carpets. In addition, the practical aspects of buying and collecting carpets are covered. Tools of the trade also are introduced, including reference books, periodicals, auction reports, and the local rug societies.

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9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

UCLA Extension
1010 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles CA