- Edwards is considered by many people the single
greatest western expert on The
Persian Carpet. If he isn't then he is among the very best.
- Edwards was the buyer for OCM the major British
importer and he traveled extensively in Persia buying carpets for 14
- Edwards, A. Cecil. The Persian Carpet. London
1953. The standard text on the subject.
- Edwards, A. Cecil. The Persian Carpet. London:
A. C. The Persian Carpet. 1977 (1983 impression),
- Edwards, Cecil A., The Persian Carpet,
Duckworth, London, 1975
- Edwards was the nephew of James Baker
who was one of the founders of OCM. Baker was the son of George Baker the
official gardener for the Turkish sultan. 83 Textile Museum
- CLARA CAREY CASE EDWARDS
Clara Carey Case Edwards, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Case, was
a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (class of 1904). Her twin sisters, Mary
C. Case and Adelaide T. Case, also attended Bryn Mawr (class of 1908).
In 1909, Clara married Cecil Edwards, who worked for The Oriental
Carpet Manufacturers Ltd. The business was based in Istanbul, Turkey
and manufactured and exported oriental carpets, both Turkish and
Persian, to the West. In 1911, the Edwards moved to Hamadan, Iran, so
that Cecil could take charge of the business there, and while in
Hamadan, Clara taught for some time at The American Boys' School. Their
son, Arthur, was born in Hamadan on 11 February 1918. The Edwards
traveled in Iran and Russia, partly for Cecil's work, and partly in
reaction to events related to World War I. They also made several trips
to the United States to visit Clara's family.
In 1923, they left Iran and spent eight months in India (now Pakistan)
visiting carpet weaving centers before arriving in England. The Edwards
settled in London, where they became friends with historian Arnold
Toynbee and the William Blake bibliographer Geoffrey Keynes. During
World War II, they moved to Oxford, returning to London after the war
The Edwards returned to Iran once more, in 1948, so that Cecil could
complete research for his book, The Persian Carpet: A Survey of the
Carpet Weaving Industry of Persia (London: Duckworth, 1953). Around
1946, Clara's mind had begun to fail, and in 1951, she entered St.
George's Retreat near Brighton. Cecil died in 1953; Clara, in 1955. http://www.brynmawr.edu/Library/SpecColl/Guides/edwards.html
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Thanks and best wishes,
J. Barry O'Connell Jr.