Friendly reminder: Episode seven of Man Shops Globe, the one during which decorator Michael Smith tours Mexico with Anthropologie's buyer-at-large, Keith Johnson, airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sundance. As mentioned last week, this one is of special interest to Oaxacan textile enthusiasts. And up next, Keith is joined by Anna Sui. Beautiful (crazy beautiful!) ceramic tiles from Damascus and Aleppo figure prominently in episode eight. Curious about books on the subject, I did a little research.
[Late-16th-century Damascus tile, photo from Simon Ray, London, via Hali, spring 2010.]
[Dome of the Rock tile, probably late 16th century, Georges Antaki Collection, Aleppo, via Hali, spring 2010.]
It seems that writer and art consultant, Arthur Millner, is working on a volume about Damascus tile and it is expected to be published in 2011. So, I'll be on the lookout for that next year. I did find these detail images among the illustrations for an article he contributed to Hali, spring 2010.
[Anna Sui Fashion in Motion, the V &A.]
Related past post: Strong Roots.