Books: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia


Inside Shot: Beduin weaving

I discovered two wonderful books at a local bookstore this past Saturday.  I have always been fascinated by nomadic people and their handicrafts, especially the Bedu and Sami.  Upon eyeing a copy of Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia by a John Topham, well…  I just about fell over.  It covers such wonderful topics as weaving, jewelry, weapons and household crafts.  The photos and text on Bedu weaving are just pure joy for me.  Thank you Mr. John Topham!

The other book is titled The World of Carpets and was written by Maurizio Cohen.  It is a wonderful book which explores oriental carpets.  I like best his section which examines the techniques of creating such works of woven art.  He book is very well laid out with much of it presented as an illustrated atlas of carpets. Again, I thank the author for sharing his knowledge and passion.

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One Response to “Books: Traditional Crafts of Saudi Arabia”

  1. Nola Kleemeyer Says:

    I see you know about Structo 750 looms that have spools. How do you exchange to spools to a rod to rap the warp? I just bought one and will like it when I can weave on it. Hope you can help me.

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