This month's topic: Rugs, Tapestries, Fabrics, and more!
Offering a carefully curated selection of books for your consideration!
You will also find links to catalogs of additional books on a wide range of subjects.
The Flyleaf: IOBA Newsletter
December 2016
This Month: Rugs, Tapestries, Fabrics, and more!
From the bark cloths of the Pacific Islands to medieval tapestries hung from castle walls, the shaggy julkhyrs that make up the bedding of Central Asian yurts, and of course James Dean's jeans, rugs and textiles are among the few universal aspects of human material culture and are nearly infinite in their composition and design. The ancient technology of weaving, passed down from generation to generation for tens of thousands of years, has protected us from the cold, heat and rain, projected social status, and has been at the center of our most sacred ceremonies.

We have always made cloth. Based on the evolution of the human louse there is evidence to suggest that we began wearing clothes 170,000 years ago - before the human exodus from Africa. We have even learned that Neanderthals wore tailored clothes. Rank badges, or mandarin squares, signified to the populace the status of officials in Imperial China, Korea, and Vietnam through the fanciful imagery of cranes, dragons, and other beasts. Tibetans wove rugs with tiger stripes as gifts to lamas to psychically protect them during meditation. The embroidered Bayeux Tapestry famously tells the story of the founding of modern England. The Navajo kidnapped Mexican women and girls and from them learned to make blankets to sell to tourists using designs from oriental rugs given to them by American entrepreneurs. The women of the tiny community of Gee's Bend, Alabama have been making their distinctive quilts based on African designs for 200 years. The T'bolis of the Philippines only incorporate patterns into their cloth that come in dreams, literally dream-weavers. The stories of our woven heritage are as varied as the textiles themselves.

Presented here are books that tell those stories.

Our guest editor for December:
Wesley B. Marquand
Oriental Rug and Textile Books
Dreamweavers
by Maria Elena P. Paterno,  et al. Photography by Neal M. Oshima

Publisher: The Bookmark, Inc.
Place of Publication: Makati City (2001)
Binding: Hardcover

Beautifully produced and fully illustrated in color, this book is on t'nalak cloths, the woven art of the T'boli people of Lake Sebu in Mindanao, Philippines. These textiles, made from abaca, are ikat-dyed with intricate designs. According to tradition the designs have been passed down through the generations from the ancestors in the dreams of master weavers.

Makati City: The Bookmark, Inc.. New in New dustjacket; 10 x 11.25 Hardback in dustjacket in New condition. 2001. Hardcover. 229 pp. Available Here.
Rugs & Wall Hangings: Period Designs and Contemporary Techniques
by Joan Scobey and Marjorie Sablow

Publisher: The Dial Press
Place of Publication: New York (1974)
Edition: First Printing
Binding: Hardcover

Orange cloth with black lettering on spine, 4to, xii, 244 pp with index, many bw historical photos listed by geography, 16 full color plates, techniques and 27 designs with charts and illustrations; glossy DJ has color rug photos on black background. Good/Good: light bumping, spine loosening, clean, unmarked, crisp; DJ bumped and worn at edges, 1/2-inch tear and chip on rear top.  Available Here.
Anita Goodesign Through the Years, 2004 - 2013
by Kim Standing

Publisher: Anita Goodesign Inc.
Place of Publication: USA (2013)
Edition: First Edition
Binding: Hardcover

USA: ANITA GOODESIGN INC, 2013. Book. New. Hardcover. 1st Edition. No Flaws or Blemishes; Gift Quality. ---- Exhaustively cataloging the history of the Anita Goodesign Embroidery company from it's beginnings In 2004. Fully illustrated in color. First Edition - First Printing. Available Here.
The Revival of Needlepoint Tapestry for Upholstery
by Lilian Barton Wilson

Publisher: Studio of Needlecraft
Place of publication: New York
Binding: Softcover
Condition: Very Good+ with no dust jacket

New York: Studio of Needlecraft. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. Softcover. An uncommon Roycroft publication. Printed by The Roycrofters at their shops which are in East Aurora, N. Y. for the Studio of Needlecraft in New York City. Gray wraps, bound with silk cord. Front cover with illustration of Scottish thistle design, rear cover with motto by Elbert Hubbard. Text accompanied by 11 photos of tapestry designs. Undated, OCLC entry suggests 191-?. ; 8-1/2" x 11"; 14 pp; A nicely preserved copy. Lightly sunned at spine, very slight cover wear, internally fine. Available here.
Islamic Carpets
Printed Textiles
Islamic Carpets
by Joseph V. Mcmullan

Publisher: Near Eastern Art Research Center
Place of Publication: New York (1965)
Binding: Hardcover
First Edition, First Printing

Joseph V. McMullan Is considered one of the most important and influential collectors of Islamic rugs of the 20th Century. This book profiling his collection contains 106 color plates including several large fold outs and 45 black and white illustrations. It includes detailed notes for each rug. The foreword is by Ernest J. Grube, Curator, Department Of Islamic Art, The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Photographs by Otto E. Nelson. This is a rare book in beautiful condition.

Available Here.


West European Printed Textiles, 16th-18th Century: State Hermitage Collection
by Nina Yurjevna Biriukova

Publisher: Iskusstvo Publishers
Place of Publication: Moscow (1973)
Binding: Hardcover
Moscow: Iskusstvo Publishers, 1973. Pictorial Hardcover. Very Good/very good. 175p. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Cover lightly soiled. Original clear jacket present. Text in English and Russian. Includes bibliography. B&w photographs and color plates.
Available Here.
The Connoisseur's Guide To Oriental Carpets
by E. Gans-Ruedin (Author) / Valerie Howard (Translator)

Available Here
Pub lisher: Charles E. Tuttle Company
Place of Publication: Tokyo (1971)
Binding: Hardcover
Presumed First Edition

Dustjacket now protected by a new Brodart Mylar Cover. Pages are clean, brightly colored, and sharp cornered. Page block is starting to separate from spine at front and back endpapers; has been repaired with archival tape. Contains 464 illustrations, 42 in colour and 4 maps. LCCN#70-157255. Scarce, Out Of Print, Book. Boards show old marks where Jacket was originally taped to them. Book has the usual library markings on edge page, inside book, and removed frontispiece, indicating it is Ex-Library. Covers and content pages are clean, tight and appear to have no markings other than Library's: Ex-Library. Available Here. 
Story Cloths of Bali 
by Joseph Fischer

 
Pub
lisher: Ten Speed Press
Place of Publication: Berkeley CA (2004)
Binding: Hardcover
First Edition, First Printing

The first major study of an unusual group of Balinese embroideries - the "story cloths" which are used as ritual decorations and offerings in Balinese and Hindu temples, household ancestor shrines, and village ceremonial buildings - this includes over 200 examples from the author's own collection, depicted in full color. Discusses the various stitching techniques employed for each piece, how to determine the skill level of specific stitches, and the cultural significance of each textile. Includes a glossary of important Balinese characters and terms, bibliography and index. Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.) Large format, printed on heavy glossy stock throughout. A beautiful book. 144 pp. Available here.

Canton Trumdrum Indian Blanket Campaign
Author: Anonymous

Publisher: Canton Trumdrum
Place of Publication: Canton OH (1929)
Binding: Paperback

The Canton Trumdrum was an Ohio Corporation the applied for non-profit status from 1934 until 1976. The campaign for Indian Blankets was basically a contest where people paid a small sum and if their name was picked, they won a Cayuse Indian blanket. The fundraiser also received an Indian blanket.

If you read the fine print however, you realize that only the designs were from the Indians. In reality, the Pendletoon Woolen Mills produced the finished product (telling the reader this was much better than the "crude unfinished texture" that originated in the tepees of the wilderness.) The campaign was later cancelled. Also in the pamphlet is a story of U-ma-pine, Chief of the Cayuse Tribe, told with racist overtones. Available here.
A Chronicle of Textile Machinery, 1824-1924
Issued to Commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Saco-Lowell Shops
by Saco-Lowell Shops

Publisher: Saco-Lowell Shops, William Bond Wheelwright
Place of Publication: Boston (1924)
Binding: Hardcover

A one-hundred-year history of the textile mill which pioneered the first factory system, devised by Francis Cabot Lowell. This was the first time spinning and weaving were performed under the same roof, and revolutionized the industry. Photographs and illustrations throughout. 83 pp. Available here.
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