Impressive large-format carpets


Kovrovyia izdeliia Srednei Azii. Tapisseries de l'Asie Centrale

Publication: Eksped. zagotovl. gosud. bumag, Skt. Peterburg, 1908.

BOGOLIUBOV – BOGOLUBOW, Andrei, Kovrovyia izdeliia Srednei Azii. Tapisseries de l’Asie Centrale

The first systematic study of the rugs of Central Asia in a very large, impressive format. A beautiful production of the Russian State Press, here in a full red leather binding.

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First edition of this imposing work, here with the text volume in French and Russian also, bound together to form one large volume, with the plates in bright condition.

For 20 years Bogoliubov (1841-1909) served as a governor of the Transcaspian Province of the Russian empire (nowadays parts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan). He gathered there a significant collection of paintings and regional carpets and rugs. Back in St. Petersburg he exhibited 40 from his 139-piece collection, later given to the Alexander III museum. Based on this rich material Bogoliubov published here the first systematic study of carpets and rugs from Central Asia, an important and large work richly illustrated with the help of K. Mishin and showing rare items of the beginning of the 19th century. The book was produced by one of the most modern and most equipped press in the country, the State printing house in charge of the official publications, which also produced some of the most impressive Russian books at the turn of the 20th century.

The text gives for the first time historical descriptions as well as ethnographic and technical details. Bogoliubov’s pioneering work was reprinted in 1973 and published again in 1976.


Central Asia, asie centrale, zentralasien,Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, kovri, carpets, Samarkand, Ouzbekistan, Uzbek, Samarkandiia.

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Imperial folio, text volume folio window-mounted to fit. (47 x 34.5 cm) and one plate volume imperial folio (70 x 52.5 cm). Text in French and Russian: XXII, [2]; XXII, [4] pp; plates with title page, 2 double-page chromolith. maps by F. Mikhailov, 58 subjects on 43 numbered plates including 36 chromolithographs.


Publisher’s decorated upper cover of the first issue bound in 20th-c. full crimson morocco, upper cover and spine lettered in gilt, marbled edges.


Binding just very lightly rubbed; title with a couple of closed tears and lined to verso, text mounts a bit spotted, very occasional spotting or foxing.

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