George Farrow
Leonard Harrow
The Kum Kapi School of master rug and carpetmakers is usually thought to have flourished in the Istanbul area in the first part of this century and to have produced stunning works, notably in silk.

Whilst the names of the likes of Zareh have been recognised as important in the Kum Kapi School, Hagop Kapoudjian has long been recognised as one of the early masters of this school. However, this work reveals a body of hitherto unrecognised material that demands a reappraisal of current thinking.

Through documentation and correspondence the authors demonstrate that much of the output of Hagop may never have been produced in Istanbul at all. Moreover, formerly accepted figures in the School, notably Tossounian, should now be reappraised in the light of the evidence presented here.

It is hoped that this study will serve a formative purpose, not only to encourage an interest in Kum Kapi rugs and perhaps its greatest master, but also to lay some sure foundations for further study.

The authors have sought to establish through the clutter of recent history and trade opinion the credentials and masterworks of a major figure of the School, Hagop Kapoudjian.

290 x 220mm, 96pp, 24 full page colour plates, 6 black and white plates, hardback.
ISBN 0 905906 64 0

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