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Useful books on Floor Coverings (carpets, rugs, floor cloths, tiles, etc.) for the Historic House

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Recommended Core Reference Works

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Author Title Published Notes
Gilbert, Christopher, James Lomax, and Anthony Wells-Cole Country House Floors, 1660-1850 1987  
Karlson, Norman American Art Tile, 1876-1941 1998 Includes an extensive bibliography arranged by tile manufacturer.
Landreau, Anthony N. America Underfoot: A History of Floor Coverings from Colonial Times to the Present 1976  
Little, Nina Fletcher Floor Coverings in New England before 1850 1972  
Roth, Rodris Floor Coverings in 18th-Century America 1967  
Sherrill, Sarah B. Carpets and Rugs of Europe and America 1996  
Skinner, D.S., and Hans van Lemmen Minton Tiles, 1835-1935 1984  
Winkler, Gail Caskey, and Helene Von Rosenstiel Floor Coverings for Historic Buildings 1988  
Winkler, Gail Caskey, and Roger W. Moss Victorian Interior Decoration: American Interiors, 1830-1900 1986 Also paperback. Discusses all aspects of the interior decoration, arranged by period and topic.

Other Recommended Works

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Adler, Hazel H. The New Interior: Modern Decorations for the Modern Home 1916 Early 20th–century guidebook.
Anderson, Susan H. The Most Splendid Carpet 1978 Discusses the recreation of the late 18th–century Axminster carpet for Congress Hall, Philadelphia.
Barnard, Julian Victorian Ceramic Tiles 1979  
Beecher, Catharine, and Harriet Beecher Stowe The American Woman's Home 1869 Reprint, Hartford, CT: Stowe-Day Foundation, 1975.
Beitter, Ethyl Jane Hooked and Knotted Rugs 1973  
Bennett, Ian (ed) Complete Illustrated Rugs and Carpets of the World 1977  
Black, David (ed) The Macmillan Atlas of Rugs and Carpets 1985  
Bradbury, Fred Carpet Manufacture 1904  
Brinton, R.S. Carpets 1919  
Burke, Doreen B., et al. In Pursuit of Beauty, Americans in the Aesthetic Movement 1986 Contains an article by Catherine Lynn, “Surface Ornament: Wallpapers, Carpets, Textiles, and Embroidery.”
Church, Ella Rodman How to Furnish a Home 1882 Period guide.
Cole, Arthur H., and Harold Williamson The American Carpet Manufacture: A History and Analysis 1941  
Cook, Alexander N., ed. A Century of Carpet and Rug Making in America, 1825-1925 1925  
Cook, Clarence The House Beautiful 1881 Period guide.
Crane, Ross Interior Decoration; a comprehensive study course for furniture men 1928 Period guide.
Dedera, Don Navajo Rugs; How to Find, Evaluate, Buy and Care for Them 1975  
Dillaway, Theodore M. Decoration of the School and Home 1914 Period guide.
Downing, Andrew Jackson The Architecture of Country Houses 1969 Period guide.
Dwyer, Charles P. The Economic Cottage Builder 1856 Period guide.
Eastlake, Charles Locke Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery, & Other Details 1868 Period guide.
Ewing, John S., and Nancy P. Norton Broadlooms and Businessmen: A History of the Bigelow-Sanford Carpet Company 1955  
Faraday, Cornelia B. European and American Carpets and Rugs 1929 Reprinted, Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK, 1990
Hall, Philip A. The Rug and Carpet Industry of Philadelphia 1917  
Haslam, Malcolm Arts & Crafts Carpets 1991  
Hawley, Walter A. Oriental Rugs, Antique and Modern 1913 Reprint, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1970.
Hemming, Charles Paint Finishes 1985  
Hubel, Reinhard G. The Book of Carpets 1970  
I.C.S. Reference Library Carpet, Wallpaper, Linoleum and Architectural Design 1905 Period guide.
Jacobs, Bertram Axminster Carpets, 1755-1957 1966  
Jacobsen, Charles W. Oriental Rugs, A Complete Guide 1962  
Jaray, Madeleine The Carpets of the Manufacture de la Savonnerie 1966  
Kent, William Winthrop The Hooked Rug 1930  
Kopp, Joel and Kate American Hooked and Sewn Rugs: Folk Art Underfoot 1975  
Lanier, Mildred B. English and Oriental Carpets at Williamsburg 1975  
Lemmen, Hans van Tiles: 1,000 Years of Architectural Decoration 1993  
Leslie, Miss [Eliza] The Lady's House Book. 19th ed. 1854 Popular period guide.
Lockett, Terence A. Collecting Victorian Tiles 1979 Reprinted 1982.
Loudon, John Claudius An Encyclopedia of Cottage, Farm, and Villa Architecture and Furniture 1833 ff. 1833 and subsequent editions. Important period guidebook for all aspects of the house.
Mayorcas, M. J. English Needlework Carpets: Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries 1963  
O'Brien, Mildred Jackson The Rug and Carpet Book 1946  
O'Neil, Isabel The Art of the Painted Finish for Furniture and Decoration 1971 Paperback, 1980.
Quinn, Richard L. Carpets and Rugs 1976  
Schlosser, Ignace The Book of Rugs, Oriental and European 1963  
Scobey, Joan Rugs and Wall Hangings 1974  
Tattersall, C.E.C. A History of British Carpets, Revised by Stanley Reed 1966  
Von Rosenstiel, Helene American Rugs and Carpets from the Seventeenth Century to Modern Times 1978  
Webster, Thomas, and Mrs. W. Parkes An Encyclopedia of Domestic Economy 1844 ff. 1844 and subsequent editions. Another period guide to all aspects of the domestic interior which was widely used in both the United Kingdom and North America.
Weeks, Jeanne G., and Donald Treganowan Rugs and Carpets of Europe and the Western World 1969  
Wheeler, Gervase Rural Homes; or Sketches of Houses Suited to American Country Life 1851 Period guide for the mid–century house, similar to Downing mentioned above.