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Daniel Shaffer was born in Capetown in 1950 and went to Waterford-Kamhlaba high school in Mbabane, Swaziland before taking a degree in Social and Political Science at the University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall) in 1972. He has worked in the editorial department of HALI Magazine in London since 1984 (Editor from 1995 to 2005), and is now Executive Editor, applying his expertise editing, writing and publishing antique carpet and textile art specific material both for the magazine and a variety of books and catalogues. He is a member of the Academic and Publications Committees of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC), and in 2010 was awarded the Near Eastern Art Research Center’s Joseph V. McMullan Award for scholarship and stewardship in the field of Islamic Carpets. Specialties
NIche publishing, specialist magazine and book editing, with specific expertise on antique and historical textiles of the world, Islamic, Asian and Tribal art, especially Oriental carpets
The floor of the Great Mosque of Divriği was once a blaze of colour, covered with legendary carpets. Its ao-called ‘Ancestor’ rugs include perhaps the oldest Islamic carpet to survive in reasonable condition. Following a serious theft in the 1970s, the collection is now housed in Istanbul. Daniel Shaffer explains what makes it unique
In the remote hills of the Upper Euphrates stands a masterpiece of Islamic art whose entrances are a riot of medieval sculpture. The Great Mosque and Hospital of Divriği – the only single building in Turkey to which Unesco has given World Heritage status – was built in the 13th century and is now in precarious condition. Cemal Emden captures its glory in photographs, Patricia Daunt marvels at its extravagant beauty, and Daniel Shaffer tells the story of the mosque’s unique carpets
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