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As part of my research I have been constructing a bibliography for the study of Turkish carpets, and particularly their uses/consumption in Europe. Below is a shortened version, containing some of the books and articles on carpets which I have found the most useful.


Good Starting Points

King, Donald, and Sylvester, David, The Eastern Carpet in the Western World From the 15th to the 17th Century, (London, 1983)

Mack, Rosamond E., Bazaar to Piazza: Islamic Trade and Italian Art, 1300-1600, (Berkeley, 2002)

Verde, Tom, 'Threads on Canvas', Saudi Aramco World, 61/1 (2010), pp. 2-11

Museum/Exhibition Catalogues

Balpinar, Belkis, Carpets of the Vakiflar Museum, Istanbul, (Wesel, 1988)

Batari, Ferenc, Ottoman Turkish Carpets, (Budapest, 1994)

Dimand, Maurice S., The Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs in the City Art Museum of St. Louis, (St Louis, 1935)

Dimand, Maurice S., and Mailey, Jean, Oriental Rugs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, (New York, 1973)

Ellis, Charles Grant, Oriental Carpets in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, (Philadelphia, 1988)

Ettinghausen, Richard, Dimand, Maurice S., Mackie, Louise W., and Ellis, Charles Grant, Prayer Rugs, (Washington, 1974)

King, Donald, Pinner, Robert, and Franses, Michael, 'East Mediterranean Carpets in the Victoria & Albert Museum', Hali, 4/1 (1981), pp. 36-52

King, Donald, Pinner, Robert, and Franses, Michael, 'Turkish Carpets in the Victoria & Albert Museum', Hali, 6/4 (1984), pp. 354-81

Kircheim, Heinrich, Orient Stars: A Carpet Collection, (Stuttgart; London, 1993)

Kuhnel, E. and Bellinger, L., Cairene Rugs and Others Technically Related, 15th Century - 17th Century, (Washington D.C., 1957)

Mackie, L.W., The Splendor of Turkish Weaving: An Exhibition of Silks and Carpets of the 13th-18th Centuries, November 9, 1973 Through March 24, 1974, (Washington D.C., 1973)

McMullan, Joseph V., Islamic Carpets, (New York, 1965)

Sphuler, Friedrich, Islamic Carpets and Textiles in the Keir Collection, (London, 1978)

Sphuler, Friedrich, Oriental Carpets in the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, (London, 1988)

Carpets in Paintings

Mack, Rosamond, 'Lotto: A Carpet Connoisseur', in David Alan Brown, Peter Humfrey and Mauro Lucco (eds.), Lorenzo Lotto: Rediscovered Master of the Renaissance, (Washington; New Haven; London, 1997), pp. 59-67

Mills, John, Carpets in Pictures, (London, 1975)

Mills, John, 'Early Animal Carpets in Western Paintings - A Review', Hali, 1/3 (1978), pp. 234-43

Mills, John, '"Small Pattern Holbein" Carpets in Western Paintings' , Hali, 1/4 (1978), pp. 326-34

Mills, John, 'East Mediterranean Carpets in Western Paintings', Hali, 4/1 (1981), pp. 53-55

Mills, John, '"Lotto" Carpets in Western Paintings' , Hali, 3/4 (1981), pp. 278-89

Mills, John, 'Carpets in Paintings: The "Bellini", "Keyhole", or "Reentrant" Rugs', Hali, 13/4 (1991), pp. 86-103

Turkish Carpets

Bode, W., and Kuhnel, E., Antique Rugs From the Near East, (Berlin, 1958)

Cammann, Schuyler V. R., 'Symbolic Meaning in Oriental Rug Patterns', The Textile Museum Journal, 3/3 (1972), pp. 5-54

Curatola, Giovanni, Oriental Carpets, (London, 1983)

Erdmann, Kurt, Oriental Carpets: An Account of Their History, (London, 1962)

Erdmann, Kurt, Seven Hundred Years of Oriental Carpets, (London, 1970)

Erdmann, Kurt, The History of the Early Turkish Carpet, (London, 1977)

Yetkin, Serare, Historical Turkish Carpets, (Istanbul, 1981)

Carpets in Europe

Batari, Ferenc, 'Turkish Rugs in Hungary', Hali, 3/2 (1980), pp. 82-90

Bennett, Ian, and Franses, Michael, 'The Buccleuch European Carpets and Others in the Oriental Style', Hali, 66 (1992), pp. 95-107

Boralevi, Alberto, 'Three Egyptian Carpets in Italy', Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies, 2 (1986), pp. 205-18

Contadini, Anna, 'Middle Eastern Objects', in Marta Ajmar-Wollheim and Flora Dennis (eds.), At Home in Renaissance Italy, (London, 2006), pp. 308-321

King, Donald, 'The Inventories of the Carpets of King Henry VIII', Hali, 5/3 (1983), pp. 293-302

Raby, Julian, 'Court and Export: Part 1. Market Demands in Ottoman Carpets 1450-1550', Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies, 2 (1986), pp. 29-38

Raby, Julian, 'Court and Export: Part 2. The Usak Carpets', Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies, 2 (1986), pp. 177-187

Spallanzani, Marco, Oriental Rugs in Renaissance Florence, (Florence, 2007)