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