Carpet Wars, The
by Kremmer, Christopher
About This Book
This is an account of war, friendship and craftsmanship along the Old Silk Road. In the early 1990s, Christopher Kremmer arrived in Afghanistan to meet the communist-backed President, Mohammed Najibullah. On the outskirts of the capital, Kabul, mujahideen rebels were massing, yet the carpet dealers of the old city continued to ply their timeless trade. So began a writer's true-life odyssey through a crescent of Islamic nations and regions. Following the historical and cultural threads of the Oriental carpet, we plunge into a world where even the simplest motif on a rug can be filled with religious, tribal and political significance. The Carpet Wars is the story of a remarkable ten-year journey across the world's most misunderstood and volatile region. But more vividly, it reveals Islam's human face, wracked by turmoil, but sustained by friendship, industry and humour.
This 2007 edition updates the 2002 first edition with a new postscript.
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