Claudio Mariani, Singapore, June 29, 2013

The book is really excellent both from presentation and content points of view and it represents a milestone on the research in this particular field and more generally in the rugs history.


Thomas Rutherford, Glendale (CA), USA, June 15, 2013

The book arrived yesterday and it is absolutely beautiful!  […] I have not yet had time to do more than quickly leaf through it, but my initial impression is that the book is a genuine work of art, filled with color and magnificent photographs as well as, I’m sure, a wealth of new and important information. […] Congratulations again on a really splendid job!


Pascal Michaud, Kunming, China, June 7, 2013

You have put many ideas together, which allows us to track a lot of information. I really like the book […].


Birgit Voss, Berlin, Germany, May 30, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful book! It is a poem and a quantum leap.


Michael Franses, Londen, UK, May 24, 2013

What a superb book. As you know I am not so enthusiastic about later Chinese and Tibetan carpets. That said, you book is extremely well researched and I would like to congratulate you and wish you every success. I have not had the opportunity to read it carefully. I certainly will do this. The book sits on my desk in London and I will be back there in the autumn and read it completely.


Arthur Leeper, Belvedere (CA), USA, May 15, 2013

It looks wonderful. A very ambitious project, that looks to have come out very well. I can’t say that I have read it from cover-to-cover yet, but I plan to! Congratulations.


Judy Brick Freedman, Charlotteville (NY), USA, May 14, 2013

Your book arrived in perfect condition. It is a beautiful presentation. I hope you are feeling proud (and maybe relieved) that it is out and appears so polished.


Michael Buddeberg, München, Germany, May 14, 2013

Your wonderful book has arrived about a week ago. It is fantastic! And so important, not only for collectors of that items or of Tibetan rugs and textiles – as I am- but also for all interested people on Far East culture, on the Past of China and on beautiful material art.


Robert P. Piccus, San Francisco (CA), USA, May 13, 2013

Your book arrived Friday and I have had the pleasure of reading through it this weekend.  What a marvelous achievement to put together such well reasoned research, study and analysis of the subject. You have not only provided a solid foundation of what has been discovered to date but have also laid out the basis for what will hopefully be much more research and study in future.

In the case of Tibet, which of course is of major interest to me, you make the good point that we have hardly any documented proof of rug production earlier than the Rockhill saddle piece from the late 19th century. The dating of the warp face back piece published by Thomas Wild is controversial because of the nature of carbon dating.  However Thomas has test results from other early pieces that he hopefully will publish in due course.

I believe the “problem” is the Tibetan plateau has historically not been particularly accessible to visitors and the Chinese certainly have not encouraged, or I should say allowed, field research in these largely nomadic areas.

We also have very little visual evidence what Tibet was like in the 19th century and before.  There simply are no photographs of Tibet earlier than the 20th century.  After the Younghusband invasion the British established a “trade” office in Lhasa until WWII.  Their representatives were rather avid photographers which gave us some indication what Tibet was like in the 20th century.  For my book i went through the online archives of some 6000 images to find a few images of rugs in use, mainly in monasteries and some wealthy residences.  I found and published some 20 or so examples from the main archives of the British Library, British Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum.  That is all we have as “evidence” since as you pointed out the Chinese destroyed most of the monasteries during the Cultural Revolution.

Although that is not much evidence I believe there are at least two possible at least preliminary conclusions that apply to saddle pieces as well as other rugs.  First, the rugs that are illustrated by the 20th century photographs are what I would call traditional design types most often fashioned with vegetal dyes.  One does not find the tigers romping in bamboo grove, dragon-phoenix, floral brightly colored chemically dyed types in use in the monasteries and wealthy estates – at least so far as the limited visual evidence is concerned.  The rugs one does find are the “early types” to be used in traditional ways, not the decorative later chemically dyed types that I believe were made for commercial decorative sale as part of the commercial expansion supported by the XIII Dalai Lama.  Nevertheless, when we look at these illustrations the rugs look “old” and surely 19th century as I claim in my book and you also acknowledge.  This still begs the question you point out – what has happened to really earlier types?

Obviously we do not know and one wonders how will we ever find out.


I hope your book will inspire more research to help answer these vexing questions.  The fact that you have published in Chinese as well should inspire some Chinese researchers to take up the task and add to the knowledge you have so effectively provided.


Thomas Wild, Berlin, Germany,  May 13, 2013

Just got the book, and I have to say thank you thank you thank you very very much. Everything what I read so far is unbelievable, packed with careful research a milestone which we need so much. I will read it immediately.

The hole idea of the book, the layout the attached Chinese part just great. It´s so motivating.


Stefano Ionescu, Rome, Italy, May 10, 2013

Congratulations for your wonderful book!


Hans König, Minusio, Switzerland, May 10, 2013.

What an enjoyable surprise when the postman brought me your book yesterday. I cannot yet pretend to having read it from A to Z, but I went through it in a hurry.

Also I had had the pleasure of going through it together with you. It is a lovely book by all standards. The only critical observation, which comes to my mind is,

that the graphic – color reproduction- paper part could have been better, if you had had many more funds at your disposal. Congratulations, I look forward to a discussion with you once I have read it carefully.


Alberto Boralevi, Firenze, Italy, May 6, 2013

Today I received your beautiful book. Many thanks and CONGRATULATIONS!

It’s amazing: not just a rug-book, but a real essay on horse riding in China and neighboring countries through the centuries… and so well illustrated.

I will read it with pleasure and I look forward to your presentation in Sartirana.


Erik Hesmerg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 29, 2013

Ongelooflijk Koos ! Wat een boek….nooit gedacht dat het zo compleet, groot, mooi en vooral interessant zou worden. Proficiat, echt een geweldig bezit.


Jérôme Ghesquière, Musée des arts asiatiques Guimet, Paris, August 5, 2013

I have received your book today and this one is really beautiful. The subject is very interesting and I’ll inform people around me.


Sumru Krody, Textile Museum, Washington DC, August 8, 2013

You must be relieved to see such a wonderful product for your years of hard work. Your dedication and hard work really shows through the pages.


Helen Persson, V&A Museum, London, August 12, 2013

What a treat! Thank you so much for the wonderful publication. It must have taken you a long time for all that research. It is impressive.


Alexandra Von Przychowski, Museum Rietberg, Zürich, August 28, 2013

Thank you very much for the wonderful book. It is really a major work and a great pleasure for me, since I am interested in the horse in Chinese art for a long time.


James J. Lally, New York, August 26, 2013

 Thank you very much for sending me  a copy of your handsome book Dragon and Horse. It is very well designed, beautifully produced and an excellent addition to my reference library.


Hillary Dumas, Kensington, CA, August 31, 2013

More than worth the money!  It’s so beautifully produced – and at first glance the scholarship seems superb.  I am looking forward to a moment when I can sit down and thoroughly enjoy it – aside from looking at the fabulous pictures.  Really a great addition to rug literature.



the book
Simply a must for anyone who loves textiles, horses or the history of China’s military, sports or culture.