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Posted by Michael Wendorf on May 10, 1999 at 20:38:21:

Dear Jerry:
Per your request:
1) Most imformative (tough to pick one)-Carpets of Central Persia by May H. Beattie come in a small useable format with great pieces photographed, an extensive bibliography as of 1976, outstanding information.
I also lie Woven for the Soul, Spun from the Heart from the TM which puts 19th century weaving in context.
Least informative- from my library the honor goes to The World of Rugs by Hugh Moss (1973).
2) Favorite rug book-I like the Herrmann catalouges, McMullen's Islamic Carpets, Beattie's Carpets of Central Persia, Opie's Tribal Rugs, Walker's Flower's Underfoot, Ellis' Oriental Carpets, Bohmer and Brueggeman's Rugs of Anatolia and all the ICOC catalouges.
3) Most provocative- Orient Stars, which taught us to love holes and early fragments (and because I do not own Douglas' Woven Language or whatever its title is)
4) First Rug Book- I no longer recall, but I am certain it was as desultory as my first rug purchase.
5) Best pictures, Opie's seem good, Herrmann did well. I do not mind a blace background, it seems to add vigour and contrast.
6) I would like to see a good survey of Kurdish rugs with some original research into production in the 19th-20th centuries.
7) For me, it ultimately comes down first to clear photos of beautiful rugs and second original research and clear writing.
8) I use my favorites repeatedly, I do not write in them and I like to take a few minutes every day to reacquaint myself and my visual memory with reliable books. I find repeatedly something new in old favorites that I did not understand or appreciate due to lack of context.
9) ok with my
10)Rugs books are too cheap, everyone in the field has the same ones I have which makes it a lot harder to come with anything undiscovered. I hold you and other book dealers personally responsible.

Footnote: I agree with I think it was Steve Price that O'Bannon's book and Thompson book from the Cottages and Workshops are critical for beginners and are likewise required reading for my course at the George Washington University. Of the more expensive group, I still prefer Eiland.
I have never used or read Jacobsen and Edwards' The Persian Carpet is of limited use.

I hope this adds something. Kindest regards, Michael Wendorf

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