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Textiles from North Africa, the Middle East and Western Central Asia. See also reading lists for medieval textiles and for carpets.


A Geiger, Oriental Textiles in Sweden, Stockholm, 1951

A C Weibel, Two Thousand Years of Textiles, New York, 1952

The Arts Council The Arts of Islam, London, 1976

E Benn (ed), Treasures from The Embroiderers' Guild Collection, David & Charles,  London, 1991

J Harris (ed), Five Thousand Years of Textiles, British Museum Press, 1993

David Collection, Woven Treasures - Textiles from the World of Islam, Copenhagen, 1993

Patricia L Baker, Islamic Textiles, British Museum Press, 1995

Nancy Lindisfarne-Tapper and Bruce Ingham (eds), Languages of Dress in the Middle East, SOAS, University of London, 1997

Jennifer Scarce, Domestic Culture in the Middle East: An exploration of the household interior, National Museums of Scotland

See also articles in the journal Hali, published by Hali Publications Ltd, St Giles House, Poland Street, LONDON W1V 4AX


G Marcais, 'Les Broderies Turques d'Algers' in Ars Islamica, IV, 1938, pp. 145-153, Le Costume Mussulman d'Algers, 1930

Victoria and Albert Museum, Catalogue of Algerian embroideries, 1915

A J B Wace, Catalogue of Algerian Embroideries, V&A Museum, 1935

A J B Wace, Mediterranean and Near Eastern Embroideries, 1935

No author, Cahiers des Arts et Techniques d'Afrique du Nord, 1951

C Stone, The Embroideries of North Africa, Longman, 1985

Institut du Monde Arabe, Broderie d'Alger, florilege de soie, Paris, 1992


B O Simpson, 'Embroidery in Egypt' in The Embroideress, IV, 1928-9

J Doel, 'Egyptian Applique' in Embroidery, Vol. 37, Summer 1986


P Ricard, Arts Morocain Broderie, Algiers, 1918

J Jouin, 'Les Themes Decoratifs des Broderies Marocaines' in Hesperis, Paris, XV, 1932, pp. 11-30 and XXI, 1935, pp. 149-161

E Newberry, 'Embroidery of Morocco' in Embroidery, March 1939

C Stone, The Embroideries of North Africa, Longman, 1985

Musee des Arts d'Afrique et d'Oceanie, Broderies Marocaines, Paris, 1991

The Ottoman Empire

Topkapi Sarayi Museum, The Anatolian Civilizations, vol. III, Istanbul, 1983

L W Mackie, The Splendour of Turkish Weaving, Textile Museum, Washington DC 1973

W B Denny, 'Ottoman Turkish Textiles' in Washington Textile Museum Journal, 1972, pp. 55-56

W B Denny (ed.), 'Textiles' in Tulips, Arabesques and Turbans: Decorative Arts From the Ottoman Empire, Yanni Petsoupoulos, London, 1982

J Wearden, Turkish Velvet Cushion Covers, V&A Museum, 1986

J Wearden, 'The Saz Style' in Hali, No. 30, 1986, pp. 22-29

P Baker, J Wearden & A French, 'Memento Mori: Ottoman Children's Kaftans in the Victoria & Albert Museum' in Hali, No. 51, May 1990

P Johnstone, Turkish Embroidery, V&A Museum, 1985

David Black, Islemeler: Ottoman Domestic Embroideries, London 1978

M Rogers, H Tezcan and S Delibas, Topkapi: Costumes, Embroideries and Other Textiles, Thames & Hudson, 1986

Silks for the Sultan: Ottoman Imperial Garments from Topkapi Palace published by Ertug & Kocabiyik, Istanbul, 1996

Roderick Taylor Ottoman Embroidery, Studio Vista, London, 1993

Sumru Belger Krody, Flowers of Silk & Gold: Four centuries of Ottoman Embroidery (Textile Museum, Washington DC, 2000)


J Jouin, 'Le Costume Feminin dans 'Islam Syro-Palestinien' in Revue des Etudes Islamiques, VIII, 1934

G Crowfoot and P M Sutton, 'Ramallah Embroidery' in Embroidery, March 1935

G Crowfoot, 'Bethleham Embroidery' in Embroidery, December 1936

J MacDonald, 'Palestinian Dress' in Palestinian Exploration Fund Quarterly, 1950-1951

S Weir, 'Traditional Costumes of Arab Women in Palestine' in Costume, No. 9, 1969

S Weir, Palestinian Embroidery, British Museum Publications, 1970

Y K Stillman, Palestinian Costume and Jewellery, University of New Mexico, 1979

S Weir and S Shahid, Palestinian Embroidery, British Museum Publications, 1988

S Weir, Palestinian Costume, British Museum Publications, 1989

J S Rajab, Palestinian Costume, Kegan Paul, 1989


C Bier (ed), Woven from the Soul, Spun from the Heart: Textile Arts of Safavid and Qajar Iran, Textile Museum, Washington DC, 1987

R Neumann and G Murza, Persische Seiden, Leipzig, 1988

A F Kendrick, 'The Persian Exhbition: Textiles: A General Survey' in Burlington Magazine, LVIII, 1931, pp. 15-27

A J B Wace, 'Some Safavid Silks at Burlington House' in Burlington Magazine as above pp. 67-73

P Ackerman, 'The Gold Brocades of Isfahan' in Apollo, XIII, 1931, 'Ghiyath, Persian Master Weaver' in Apollo XVIII, 1933

A U Pope (ed),  A Survey of Persian Art, London 1938-9, Vol. III text, Vol. VI plates

N A Reath and E B Sachs, Persian Textiles and their Techniques from the 6th to the 18th centuries, New Haven, 1937

P Ackerman, 'Embroidery in Persia' in Embroidery, Vol. III, 1934 and 'Persian Textiles' in CIBA Review, No. 98, 1953

J M Upton, 'Notes on Persian Costumes of the 16th and 17th centuries' in Metropolitan Museum Studies, Vol. III,Pt. 2, 1930

H E Wulff, The Traditional Crafts of Persia, Cambridge, Mass, 1966

J Housego, 'Honour is according to Habit: Persian dress in the 16th and 17th centuries' in Apollo, XCIII, 1971

J Allgrove, The Qashqa'i of Iran, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1976

J Wearden, Persian Printed Cottons, Webb & Bower, 1989

J Wearden, 'Azerbaijan Embroideries: a synthesis of contrasts' in Hali, No. 59, October 1991

Western Central Asia

G L Chapelevetskaya, Suzani Uzbekistana, Tashkent, 1961

A Leix, 'Turkestan and its Crafts' in CIBA Review, 40, 1941

Abbott Hall Gallery, The Turcoman of Iran, Kendal, 1971

J Allgrove, 'Turcoman Embroideries' in Embroidery, Summer 1973

L G Beresneva, The Decorative and Applied Art of Turkmenia, Leningrad, 1976

Jack Lenor Larsen, The Dyer's Art, ikat, batik, plangi, Van Nostrand Rheinhold, 1976

J Kalter, The Arts and Crafts of Turkestan, Thames & Hudson, 1984

Crafts Council, Ikats, Woven Silks from Central Asia, London, 1988

C Woodthorpe Browne, Ikats, Webb & Bower, 1989

A Cadoux, 'Asian Domestic Embroideries' in The Arts of Asia, May-June 1990

Hessenhuis, Antwerp Ikat, 1991

Kate Fitzgibbon & Andrew Hale, Ikat Silks of Central Asia: The Guido Goldman Collection, Laurence King Publishing, London, 1997

Ignazio Vok (ed), Suzani: a textile art from Central Asia, Munich, 1994

Hessenhuis, Antwerp, Music for the eyes: textiles from the peoples of Central Asia, 1997

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