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Oriental Carpets: An Introduction


Beattie, M. H.
1983 "On the Making of Carpets," in D. King and D. Sylvester, Eastern Carpet in the Western World. Arts Council of Great Britain, London. Pp. 106 - 109.
Bier, Carol
1995 "Approaches to Understanding Oriental Carpets," Arts of Asia, volume 26, number 1, January-February, Hong Kong. Pp. 66-81.
Bode, W. von and Kuhnel, E.
1984 Antique Rugs from the Near East. 4th ed. Transl. Charles Grant Ellis. Cornell University Press, Ithaca.
Denny, Walter
1994 Sotheby's Guide to Oriental Carpets. Simon & Schuster, New York.
1979 Oriental Rugs. Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York.
Eiland, M.
1979 Chinese and Exotic Rugs. New York Graphic Society, Boston.
1973 Oriental Rugs: A Comprehensive Guide. New York Graphic Society, Greenwich.
Ellis, C.G.
1988 Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.
Erdmann, K.
1960 Oriental Carpets: An Essay in their History.2nd ed., tr. C.G. Ellis. Universe Books, New York.
1970 Seven Hundred Years of Oriental Carpets, ed. H.Erdmann, tr. M. Beattie and H. Herzog. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles.
Ford, P.R.J.
1981 The Oriental Carpet: A History and Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols. Harry N. Abrams, New York.
King, D. and Sylvester, D.
1983 The Eastern Carpet in the Western World. Arts Council of Great Britain, London.
O'Bannon, George
1995 Oriental Rugs: The Collector's Guide to Selecting, Identifying and Enjoying New and Vintage Oriental Rugs. Courage Books, Philadelphia.
1994 Oriental Rugs: A Bibliography. The Scarecrow Press, Metuchen and London.
Thompson, J.
1988 Oriental Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages and Workshops of Asia. E. P. Dutton, New York.


The Textile Museum Journal. Washington, D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1962 -- (annual; membership benefit; single issue sales)

Scholarly presentation of textile traditions, techniques, with international focus on cultural aspects, The Textile Museum's holdings, and other museum collections, as well as ethnographic materials. Wide-ranging textile subject matter, B&W illustrations only (color cover).
HALI: The International Journal of Oriental Carpets. London: Oguz Press, 1978 -- (quarterly thru 1987, 6x/yr since 1988, by subscription; single issue sales)
Slick trade journal aimed primarily at collectors and dealers. Useful articles, well-illustrated in color; includes auction reports, market trends, reviews of exhibitions and publications, readers'forum, summaries of conferences, and interviews with collectors. Provides excellent vehicle for sharing of information in the field. Includes international textiles as well as Oriental carpets. Trendy.
Oriental Rug Review. Meredith, N.H., 1981 1996, monthly; archived on-line)
Forum for sharing information among American collectors and dealers, often with feature articles on off-beat topics and focus on collections. New magazine format, introduced in 1987/8, enables good color reproduction, and 1989 began subject-orientation for each issue under the editorship of George O'Bannon.
Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies. Various editors and places of publication since 1985 (vols. I, II, III parts I, II, IV).
Articles by individual scholars, usually based upon presentations at International Conferences on Oriental Carpets. This is the first serious attempt to provide a periodical publication specifically for scholarship in the field of Oriental carpet studies. Initial issues offer excellent contributions to the field. B&W illustrations only. (Initially an offshoot of Hali).

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