Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

1988

Publication Source

The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective

Start Page

195

Last Page

235

Abstract

Oriental carpets have been recognized as prestigious furnishing in the West since the Middle Ages. In many ways, they represent the epitome of Western concern with alien things - especially utilitarian alien things. Carpets entered the Western cultural arena as a rare alien item of interest and eventually became a commodity. But com­moditization does not adequately explain their continuing success in the market or the special attention they receive from collectors.

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This material has been published in The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective edited by Arjun Appadurai. This version is free to view and download for personal use only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press.

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