Posted by Jerry Silverman on May 11, 1999 at 17:32:16:
A question that slipped my mind when composing this Salon was: Where do you get your rug books?
I assume you are all well-aware of the Big Three rug book dealers in the US - (alphabetically to spare egos) -
They are available on-line at
Others I have found include
HALI Rug Books (Sweden)
There are also several on-line out-of-print book data bases which have the inventories of thousands of book dealers available. (There was a time when these were a fabulous source of wildly underpriced rug books, but those days are apparently over; so I guess it's all right to tell you about them now that I've hoovered up all the good stuff.)
Advanced Book Exchange
There are others, but in my experience these are the best. (Don't be surprised if you find a zillion copies of Mumford, Hawley, and Dilley. Every book seller in the world seems to have a couple of each.)
Finally, it's not a bad idea to check Amazon.com and/or barnesandnobel.com - but just for new books in wide distribution. Although both offer to "search" for out-of-print books on your behalf, what they really do is check with the out-of-print data bases I've posted above. If they find the book, their practice has been to mark it up significantly (100% - 300%) over what you could have bought it for had you done the searching yourself.
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