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A carpet ride to Khiva

seven years on the Silk Road
  • 334 Pages
  • 2.36 MB
  • 4335 Downloads
  • English
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Social life and customs, Homes and h
StatementChristopher Aslan Alexander
Classifications
LC ClassificationsDK949.5 .A44 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationxiv, 334 p., [8] p. of plates
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27023272M
ISBN 101848311257
ISBN 139781848311251
OCLC/WorldCa464599696, 619938538

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A Carpet Ride To Khiva is a story on at least four levels: what was involved in setting up and running a fair trade textile workshop in the Uzbekhi walled city of Khiva; - exploration of the cultures and traditions of the Uzbekhi people (some funny, some appalling and some just interesting); - observations on aid agency policies and practices4/5(56).

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Buy A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road by Alexander, Christopher Aslan (ISBN: ) from Amazon's Book Store. /5(). A Carpet Ride to Khiva sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through an.

A Carpet Ride to Khiva sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in 4/5().

A Carpet Ride to Khiva (eBook) Seven Years on the Silk Road Christopher Alexander. Share this book. The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there.

Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques. "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in /5().

Just read your book ‘A Carpet Ride to Khiva’, thanks for writing an amazing book. Very well written and you’ve covered all the bases; funny, interesting, informative, entertaining, I’ll recommend it when I can.

I’m heading on another journey through Asia this year so it was perfect timing for me to read it. A Carpet Ride to Khiva – Christopher Alexander If you only A carpet ride to Khiva book 1 book about Uzbekistan: this is the one.

A Carpet Ride to Khiva takes you along with the author as he goes from being a naive do-gooder to the driving force setting up Khiva’s now-famous handmade carpet workshop for 7 years.

"A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Reviews: 1.

A Carpet Ride to Khiva sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Northern Afghanistan, bluffing his way through an /5().

This is where you can find out more about the book and also about how the workshops I set up are faring.

One of my hopes is that people who’ve read the book will consider visiting Khiva themselves, seeing the carpet and suzani workshops firsthand, and maybe making a purchase.

To find out more, have a look at the ‘your carpet ride’ section.

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Made famous by the book, "A carpet ride to Khiva" The experience is made more exciting if you have read the book, but even if you haven't, this is a great place to observe the exquisite crafts of the area, and to purchase both rugs and suzani.4/5(21). His book ‘A Carpet Ride to Khiva – Seven years on the Silk Road’ tells this story.

After his time in Uzbekistan, Chris then went on to live in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. A total of fifteen years in the region means Chris has travelled extensively, speaks fluent Uzbek and passable Kyrgyz, Tajik and Pamiri, and has also immersed himself in.

"A Ride to Khiva" is as witty and fresh today as it was in when it was first published. Burnaby's account of a close shave with a Khivan barber unknowing of the ways of Western shaving methods is laugh-out-loud funny; his descriptions of his Turcoman and /5.

In his diary from the time, ‘A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road‘, Aslan takes us to the heart of the city, on foot alongside him through the labyrinthine streets within the Ichan Qa’la, or walled city, (‘the most homogeneous example of Islamic architecture in the world‘).

He is also our guide in navigating the ways. "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in Author: Christopher Aslan Alexander.

This is a narrative approach to the revival of 15th century carpet designs from Persian illuminated manuscripts in Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan. Illuminations on vellum – containing the only surviving representations of textiles from this era – flourished, despite the Islamic prohibition on representative art.

The lecture will examine the traditional role of carpet weaving and. Get this from a library. A carpet ride to Khiva: seven years on the Silk Road.

[Christopher Aslan Alexander] -- The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it, but Chris chose to live there. Ostensibly writing a guidebook.

He found life at the heart of the.

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In preparation for my travels, I read Christopher Aslan Alexander’s book, A Carpet Ride to Khiva, which certainly made it sound exotic. And while I learnt much about the nation’s if not world’s history and impressive local resurrection of fading ancient crafts, I was.

“A Carpet Ride to Khiva”, a hidden gem set in oft-forgotten Uzbekistan. I never thought a book about carpets would make me feel so much love. After deeply enjoying a re-read of one of my teenage favourites, Idriss, la noia del fil de seda by Hermínia Mas (Catalan only), I decided to look for another book about Uzbekistan, eventually coming.

"A Carpet Ride to Khiva" sees Alexander being stripped naked at a former Soviet youth camp, crawling through silkworm droppings in an attempt to record their life-cycle, holed up in the British Museum discovering carpet designs dormant for half a millennia, tackling a carpet-thieving mayor, distinguishing natural dyes from sacks of opium in.

After deeply enjoying a re-read of one of my teenage favourites, Idriss, la noia del fil de seda by Hermínia Mas (Catalan only), I decided to look for another book about Uzbekistan, eventually coming across this one.

Set in a carpet workshop, the author of “A Carpet Ride to Khiva” tells us about his seven years living in the country, exploring not only numerous carpet design and weaving. A Carpet Ride to Khiva, By Christopher Aslan Alexander.

he begins to compile a guide book to the medieval Uzbek oasis of Khiva. Meanwhile, he finds himself embarking on a. Get this from a library.

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A carpet ride to Khiva: seven years on the Silk Road. [Christopher Aslan Alexander] -- Chris Alexander originally travelled to Khiva, a remote walled city in Uzbekistan on the route of the ancient Silk Road, to write a guidebook.

But he stayed, mesmerized by a world of silk and. LibraryThing Review User Review - theonearmedcrab - LibraryThing. In “A Carpet Ride to Khiva” (), by Christopher Alexander, the author went to Khiva on a six months NGO contract and stayed seven years, and only left because he was declared a persona-non-grata 4/5(3).

The Silk Road conjures images of the exotic and the unknown. Most travellers simply pass along it. Brit Chris Alexander chose to live there.

Ostensibly writing a guidebook, Alexander found life at the heart of the glittering madrassahs, mosques and minarets of the walled city of Khiva - a remote desert oasis in Uzbekistan - immensely alluring, and stayed.

Immersing himself in the language and. Khiva (Uzbek: Xiva / Хива, خىۋا; Persian: خیوه ‎, Xīveh; alternative or historical names include Kheeva, Khorasam, Khoresm, Khwarezm, Khwarizm, Khwarazm, Chorezm, Arabic: خوارزم ‎ and Persian: خوارزم ‎) is a city of approximat people located in Xorazm Region, ing to archaeological data, the city was established around years y: Uzbekistan.

As I mentioned in my first post about Khiva, a large part of the reason I decided to go there was Christopher Alexander’s excellent book on the UNESCO sponsored carpet weaving workshop he helped set up there. He spent seven years in the city, most of which were spent at the workshop.

Throughout the book, readers are exposed to the city of Khiva, the traditional art of carpet weaving. A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven years after I left, I now have a new Uzbek tourist caret in my passport.

A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road | beyond the book. I never really felt like a understood why he was so devoted to this project in Khiva.

Tragically, the news of the day has me thinking about Aslan and his book again. I was delighted to find my way to the Khiva Silk Workshop in the Ichan Qala as I had read the book "A Carpet Ride to Khiva" which talks about the start of the workshop, the search for the natural dyes and designs.

The workshop incorporates the beautiful tiles and wood carving found in the city in the designs of the carpets and suzannis.3/5(21).The wooden canopy over the courtyard created a dizzying pattern on the brickwork and already mesmeric carpet designs.

This workshop is where Chris Aslan Alexander worked and is the setting of much of his book A Carpet Ride to Khiva: Seven Years on the Silk Road, a must read for anybody interested in Central Asia and Uzbekistan in particular.