Booklist and Book Sources
This list is by no means exhaustive. It's a starting point. These books also have extensive bibliographies that are very informative and useful.
Boucher, Jeff Baluchi WovenTreasures. 1996,-2nd ed., 152 p. 63 color illus., 10 pages of text, including prefaces. Most of the book consists of good color quality plates of Baluch and related rugs and bags. There is technical analysis and a bibliography. Colonel Boucher was an early and dedicated collector of Baluch weavings
Craycraft, M. & Halley, A. Belouch Prayer Rugs. 1983, 93 p., 40 color plates. This book contains exceptionally beautiful examples of Balouch prayer rugs. Much of the text is an attempt, with mixed success, at attributing specific rugs to specific Balouch tribes and sub-tribes.
South Persian Tribal:
Opie, J. Tribal Rugs. 1992, 328 p., 356 illus., 100 in color. There are sections on tribal life, art and the history of motifs. There are individual sections on the weavings of the Bakhtiari, Lurs, Kurds, Qashqa'i, Khamseh, Afshar, Baluch, Shahsavan, Turks, Caucasus and Turkman. The text reflects the author's extensive experience in the Middle East and with the tribes of the area.
Opie, J. Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia. 1981, 223 p. 100 color plates. The plates are divided by tribal attribution, the Qashqu'i, Khamseh, Lurs, Bakhtiari, and Afshar. An educational as well beautiful book. The author explains the details that define a weaving as Afshar, Lur, etc. There is technical analysis and a bibliography.
Eagleton, William. An Introduction to Kurdish Rugs and Other Weavings. 1998, 144 p., 124 color plates. A must for anyone interested in Kurdish weaving. The book combines a comprehensive classification of Kurdish weavings with notes on Kurdish history, religion, and society. There are color photographs and technical analysis on rugs and kilims representing all major Kurdish weaving districts.
Bennett, I. Oriental Rugs, Vol. 1: Caucasian (1981, 1993) 376 p. 494 illus. This book has the most plates of any book on Caucasian rugs. The rugs are analyzed in terms of age and attribution. An excellent book, useful for the beginner wanting an introduction to the subject and as a reference for the serious collector of Caucasian weavings
Thompson, Jon and Mackie, Louise (editors) Turkmen Tribal Carpets and Traditions 240 p., 99 color plates, 117 black and white illustrations. Essential reading for anyone interested in the weaving of the Turkmen. There is an introduction to Turkmen rugs as works of art and as functional weavings in the setting of nomadic tribal life. There are excellent essays on the history of the Turkmen, the dyes used in their work, the tents (yurts) they live in and adorn with knotted-pile weavings and the significance of carpet weaving in Turkmen society.
Stone, P.F. Oriental Rug Lexicon. 1997, 268 p. 47 color illus. A complete dictionary. Material includes towns and geographical areas with descriptions of the types of rugs woven in them. It includes design elements, ethnic groups, and technical terms pertaining to weaving and fibers.
Quality rug books tend to be a specialty item, not readily available at the usual book outlets.
Here are three sources with large inventories. Write or call for free catalogues. Prices can vary so its sometimes worth shopping around.
P.O. Box 1187
Culver City, CA 90232
The Rug Book Shop
2603 Talbot Road
Baltimore, MD 21216
The East-West Room
3139 Alpin Drive
Dresher, PA 19025