PUBLICATIONS

Fil Caravan has a limited stock of manuscripts & books related to Islamic and Middle Eastern art and antiques. We have some history books and out of print limited editions. We offer search and ordering services from overseas sources for those hard to find titles.

BOOKS

Fil Caravan has published and continues to distribute the book:

SAMOVARS: The Art of the Russian Metalworkers

by Mehmet Nabi Israfil

The idea was to provide collectors and novices alike a background history, and a full description of typical Russian samovars. This is a spiral bound, what-to-look-for book, with 56 figures including photos, drawings, and a map. Also included the reader will find recipes, charts and tables showing a list of makers, cities of production and a chronological list of makers. The list of Russian Tzars and the Cyrillic alphabet makes this book a valuable companion to those who have samovars and to those contemplating the purchase of their first samovar.

ISBN: 0-9629138-0-4   (Out of print, limited copies available) $35.00 + $6.00 shipping & handling in the USA.

Copies of this book can be ordered from directly from us. Please send us an email at filcaravan@att.net.

THE AUTHOR'S COMMENTS:

For collectors, dealers & novices interested in SAMOVARS. Ever since I sold my first samovar to the Russian Tea Room, in NYC, people have been asking me for more information on the history and use of Russian samovars. This book was the first in the English language to answer the many questions that were raised while dealing with customers, merchants, decorators and other interested parties. Samovars were the most efficient way to boil water, prior to the invention of the electric coffee pot. The book, SAMOVARS: The Art of the Russian Metalworkers, gives the readers an easy way to identify samovars. The idea was to provide collectors and novices alike a background history and a full description of typical Russian Samovars. This is a what-to-look-for spiral bound book, with 56 figures including photos, drawings, and a map. The reader will find recipes, charts, and tables showing a list of makers, dates, and the cities of production...which make this book a valuable companion to those who have Russian samovars and to those contemplating the purchase of their first samovar.

TABLE OF CONTENTS OF:

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS- PREFACE - INTRODUCTION- EARLY DEVELOPMENT- HISTORY- MATERIALS USED- METHODS, FORMS & SIZES- PARTS OF A SAMOVAR- SEALS, STAMPS, MEDALLIONS- HOW TO USE A SAMOVAR - RECIPES- TABLES- CYRILLIC ALPHABET - LIST OF TZARS - BIBLIOGRAPHY- INDEX

BW photos show many styles and shapes and detailed drawings show internal views of samovars and parts.

PUBLISHER'S COMMENTS

Antiques dealer, Mehmet Nabi Israfil, writes about Russian Samovars. Established in 1976, Fil Caravan has been serving an international clientele in all aspects of collecting art and antiques. Mehmet Nabi Israfil, the author of the book SAMOVARS: The Art of the Russian Metalworkers has spent 34 years selling, collecting and gathering information on Russian samovars and metalworkers. In the gallery viewing the samovar selection, ''...people would inquire with tears in their eyes, about a samovar similar to the ones that they had seen in their childhood...'' Ordinary people and collectors have demonstrated equal passion to own one or to learn more about the samovars of their past... Russians have a national pride in being associated with samovars in history, and so do immigrants and their children who emigrated from Russia at the turn of the century. The book is factual, and has detailed listings of makers and cities of production. The book is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject in the English language.

ART BOOKS & OUT OF PRINT BOOKS

A changing inventory of titles dealing with various cultures and arts are offered. Art and history books of the Ottomans, the Islamic world and Middle Eastern cultures are offered.

MANUSCRIPTS

Fine illuminated manuscripts include Korans, prayer books and commentaries, poetry, and history books. We have many single page miniatures.