The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets
The Encyclopedia of Antique Carpets: Twenty-Five Centuries of Weaving is an encyclopedia written by Abraham Levi Moheban about the diverse forms that the art and craft of the handwoven carpet has taken over twenty-five centuries, from the Far East to North Africa, from Europe to India, and within both hemispheres of the New World. The book features Classic Asiatic sources in the "Rug Belt"—Persia (Iran), Anatolia (Turkey), the Caucasus, China, India, and central Asia—and includes more than six hundred entries on all areas of historic carpet production, ranging from village to city and style to weaver. Each entry provides a photograph and information on the history, location, weaving period, technique, quality, design, coloration, size, and marketability of carpets produced around the world. This beautiful clothbound, two-volume boxed set is a comprehensive collection that is required reading for anyone with an eye on the antiques market or the cultural heritage of one of the oldest forms of artwork.
Abraham Levi Moheban was the owner of an uptown New York City antique carpet gallery called Abraham Moheban & Son, and has bought and sold to interior designers, architects, dealers, and collectors for over fifty years. He has traveled the world to acquire and study the industry. Moheban retired in 2005 and placed his inventory for auction in two separate sales at Bonhams Auctions in Los Angeles.
Abraham Levi Moheban has served on the Board of Directors for the Oreintal Rug Importers Association of America, and has been a member of the American Society of Interior Designers as well as other art and antiques leagues and organizations.
Abraham Moheban rugs and carpets have been featured in Architectural Digest, Town & Country, House and Garden and numerous other publications treasuring the home lifestyle. His carpet choices have also figured prominently in show house exhibitions all over the country.