Collecting & Connoisseurship

Selected Bibliography


While our antique rug type guides and articles provide a solid foundation of knowledge for the collector, the world of antique Oriental carpets is a vast one, with a long and storied past. We have taken the liberty of assembling a bibliography for those who would like to dive even further into learning about these historical art pieces, organized into sections on general Oriental carpet knowledge, Caucasian rug information, and Persian rugs in City and Village rug styles. Happy reading!


General Information


Cover of Guide to Purchasing an Oriental Rug

Winitz, Jan David. The Guide To Purchasing An Oriental Rug. Oakland, California: Publishers’ Group West, 1985.


Cover of Ian Bennett's Rugs & Carpets of the World

Bennett, Ian, ed.  Rugs & Carpets of the World. London, England: Chartwell Books, 1977.


Elliand Oreintal rugs Today Book Cover

Eiland, Emmett. Oriental Rugs Today. Berkeley: Berkeley Hills Books, 1999.


Cover of The oriental Carpet

Ford, P. J. R. The Oriental Carpet, A History and Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols. NY, Portland House: 1981.


Cover of Oriental Carpet Design

Ford, P. R. J. Oriental Carpet Design. London, Thames and Hudson, 1981, paperback 1993.


Cover of Antique Oriental Carpets

Gans-Ruedin, E. Antique Oriental Carpets. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.


Cover of The Splendor of Persian Carpets

Gans-Ruedin, E. The Splendor of Persian Carpets. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1978.


cover of Schurmann's Oriental Carpets

Schurmann, Ulrich. Oriental Carpets. London UK: Paul Hamlyn. 1968.


Cover of Oriental Carpets

Thompson, Jon. Oriental Rugs from the Tents, Cottages, and Workshops of Asia. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1988


Thompson, Jon. Oriental Carpets. New York: Penguin Books, 1993.


Caucasian and Tribal Rugs


Cover of Oriental Rugs Vol 1: Caucasian

Bennett, Ian. et al. Oriental Rugs Volume 1 Caucasian. Oriental Textile Press, 1981.


Cover of Tribal Rugs by Jenney Housego

Housego, Jenny. Tribal Rugs. New York, Interlink Publishing Group, 1991.


Cober of Tribal Rugs, Treasures from the Black Tent

MacDonald, Brian W. Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Tent. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1997.


Opie's Tribal rugs Book cover

Opie, James. Tribal Rugs: A Complete Guide to Nomadic and Village Carpets. New York, Bullfinch, 1998.


Cover of Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia

Opie, James. Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. Portland: James Opie Oriental Rugs, Inc., 1981.


Cover of Caucasian Rugs

Schurmann, Ulrich. Caucasian Rugs. Poolesville: Old 99 Associates. 1963.


Persian City and Village Style Rugs


Cover of Oriental Rugs Vol 2: Persian

Aschenbrenner, Erich. Oriental Rugs, Volume 2: Persian. Woodbridge, Suffolk, England: Antique Collectors’ Club, 1981.