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Recommended Books about Oriental Rugs

Oriental Rugs: The Collector's Guide to Selecting, Identifying, and Enjoying New and Antique Oriental Rugs
by George w. O'Bannon
A history of rug and carpet making offers practical advice on assessing and buying Oriental rugs and carpets.  This book provides a complete rug manufacturer's list, and is peppered with lavish photographs of Oriental rugs from Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, China, and Tibet.

Oriental Carpet Design: A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols
by P. R. J. Ford
This book is indeed an excellent source of information for those who are interested in this fascinating subject and enjoy collecting Oriental rugs, particularly Persian rugs. It is extremely well illustrated with some very informative tips on each region, and what to look for when buying Oriental rugs.  Highly recommend for those who are interested in traditional Oriental rug designs.

Tribal Rugs
by Jenny Housego
Regarded as the most authoritative work on tribal Oriental rugs, this book while showing readers superb examples of tribal rugs, paints a fascinating picture of tribal life and the way in which they weave rugs.  Housego also describes the rich elements in the design or Oriental rugs as well as giving technical notes on the weaving or rugs. Includes bibliographical references (p. 21) and index.

Oriental Rugs Today
by Emmett Eiland
Interest in Oriental rugs has undergone a renaissance in recent years.  New sources have emerged, the use of handspun wool and vegetal dyes has been revived, and new Oriental rug designs are available.  All these changes can make choosing an Oriental rug confusing and intimidating.  This book explains the differences between carpets types and maps out the recent developments in this ancient craft.
Emmett Eiland with his brother opened the Oriental Rug Company in Berkeley, Calif. in 1969, and has led seminars and organized Oriental rug exhibits for years.  He discusses changes in the Oriental rug industry over the past couple of decades, such as the return to natural dyes and handspun wool, new technology, and the embargo on Persian carpets from Iran.  He explains which of the new Oriental rugs will hold their values, how to distinguish vegetal from synthetic dyes and handspun from machine-spun wool, the various finishes and which ones to avoid, suggested retail prices per square foot, and production in a number of countries.  Color photographs illustrate rugs and details.  Includes bibliographical references (p. 199) and index.

Oriental Carpets: A Complete Guide
by Murray Eiland
This comprehensive volume by the most regarded names in the field reviews the history of the art of Oriental rug weaving and explains basic carpet making materials, tools, and techniques.  The line illustrations portray the various kinds of knotting techniques used in Oriental rugs and the basic design motifs that are found in high-quality Oriental carpets. Detailed captions for the 330 new color illustrations offer an invaluable body of technical information.

Tribal Rugs: A Complete Guide to Nomadic and Village Carpets
by James Opie
James Opie covers the weavings of the nomadic and village-dwelling peoples of Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and describes the ancient roots of tribal rug weaving and the significance of their common Oriental rug patterns and traditions.  In his discussion of the origins of tribal rug weaving, he follows the history of ancient and traditional designs to the present, and provides illustrations with diagrams that enable the reader to identify the relationships between the patterns and their makers.

Oriental Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages, and Workshops of Asia
by Jon Thompson
(An earlier edition was published in 1983 as CARPET MAGIC)
Lots of photos of Oriental rug weavers at work and how these people live. Lots of gorgeous color photos of rugs!  Mr. Thompson writes in a clear, wry, direct fashion that's a joy to read - a refreshing contrast to the garbled, turgid and/or purple prose you may have seen in other rug /art books.  If you have any interest in Oriental rugs, you need this book.

Early Caucasian Rugs
by Ellis, Charles Grant
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, (1976)
This catalogue was published in conjunction with a special 50th anniversary exhibition of Early Caucasian Rugs, November 11, 1975 to March 6, 1976 at The Textile Museum. B&W and color illustrations, 112pp, (softcover)

Check Points on How to Buy Oriental Rugs
Jacobsen, Charles W.
Charles E. Tuttle Co., Rutland, VT, (1969)
First published in 1969.  This Oriental rug book is intended primarily for buyers of oriental rugs, not only people about to make a first purchase of an Oriental rug, but also seasoned rug collectors and purchasing agents for large stores.  It will, in addition, enable anyone to evaluate Oriental rugs already owned. 60 B&W and color ill., 208pp, (hardcover).

Yoruk: The Nomadic Weaving Tradition of the Middle East
Landreau, Anthony N. (editor)
Museum of Art, Carnegie Inst., Pittsburgh, PA, 1978,
The collection of textiles and Oriental rugs on which this catalogue is based was exhibited at Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, April 6-May 28, 1978, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois, June 22-August 22,1978, and Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, September 12-November 5, 1978. B&W & color ill., maps, 144pp, (softcover).

From the Bosporus to Samarkand, Flat-woven Rugs
Landreau, Anthony N. and Pickering, W. R.
The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, (1980)
First published in 1969. The collection of flatwoven Oriental rugs on which this catalogue is based was exhibited at the Textile Museum May 25-September 27, 1969. 3rd ptg, B&W and color illustrations, 112pp, (softcover).

Turkoman Tribal Rugs
Loges, Werner (translated by Raoul Tschebull),
London, (1980), 40 B&W & 117 color ill., map, 204pp. In this book on the rug, carpets and traditional pile weavings of the nomadic Turkoman tribes of Central Asia, the author, who is one of the world's best-known specialists, presents outstanding and hitherto unpublished pieces from 23 major European collections of Oriental rugs.

Temple, Household, Horseback: Rugs of the Tibetan Plateau
Myers, Diana K.
The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., (1984),
A fine collection of representative Tibetan rugs organized and sponsored by The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. B&W ill., map, 111pp, (softcover).

The Book of Rugs: Oriental and European
Schlosser, Ignaz,
orig pub 1963, Pictoral guide to Oriental rug history, techniques of manufacture of Oriental rugs, and Oriental rug designs. 193 B&W, 16 color ill., (hardcover).

Central-Asian Rugs
Schurmann, Ulrich,
(1969), A detailed presentation of the art of Oriental rug weaving in Central-Asia in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century.  With a historical review of rug weaving by Hans Konig. 100 color plates, 176pp, (hardcover).

The Oriental Rug Collection of Jerome and Mary Jane Straka
Straka, Jerome A. and edited by Mackie, Louise W.
(1978), This collection of Oriental rugs was exhibited at The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., beginning with the Seventh Annual Rug Convention, November 3-5, 1978, and continuing to mid-February, 1979. B&W and color ill., 136pp, (softcover).


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