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Old September 15th, 2017, 03:05 PM   #5
Joel Greifinger
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 43

Hi Phil,

I realize that I should have been a bit more practical in my recommendations since some are very expensive (both the Brüggermann & Böhmer and the Burns start at about $250). I think the best and most comprehensive starting point would be the Eilands' Oriental Carpets: A complete guide (4e). You can find used hardcover copies for under $25. While this edition is now almost twenty years old, the unfortunate reality is that there has not been enough in the way of new rug scholarship to make it seem particularly dated.

I agree with Rich's assessment of the weaknesses and strengths in the Edwards book. It's an invaluable source on many details about twentieth century Persian rug production but would certainly not be the 'go to' reference on tribal rugs.

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