MEDIEVAL EGYPTIAN COUNTED-THREAD EMBROIDERY


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

  • Atil, Esin. Renaissance of Islam: Art of the Mamluks. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 19
    ISBN 0-874742145. LC N7385.3 .M35 A84.
    General background on art of the period.
  • Abegg, Margaret. Apropos Patterns for Embroidery, Lace and Woven Textiles. Bern: Stampfi, 1978.
    Wonderful book, discussing sources and interrelationships of patterns. Two photos of Egyptian double-running stitch embroidery.
  • Baker, Patricia L. Islamic Textiles. London: British Museum Press, 1995.
    ISBN 0-7141-2522-9. LC NK8908.9 .B25 1995.
    Mostly woven textiles, but does have another Mamluk sampler, in color.
  • Epstein, Kathleen. "Concernynge the Excellency of the Nedle Worcke Spanisshe Stitche," Piecework Vol. III, No. 1, Jan/Feb 1995, pp. 78-83.
    Article on early double-running stitch embroidery, with color photo of an Egyptian piece.
  • Errera, Isabelle. Collection d'Anciennes Étoffes Égyptiennes. Bruxelles: Imprimerie J.-E. Goossens, S.A., 1913.
    745 Er78
    Lots of good stuff, but all black-and-white, mostly small and fuzzy.
  • Fawdry, Marguerite and Brown, Deborah. The Book of Samplers. New York: St. Martin's Press; London: Cameron & Tayleur (Books) Ltd., 1980.
    ISBN 0-312-09006-4
  • Holme, Geoffrey (ed.). A Book of Old Embroidery: With articles by A.F. Kendrick (Keeper of the Department of Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum), Louisa F. Pesel & E.W. Newberry. London, Paris, New York: "The Studio," Ltd., 1921.
    Includes a couple of Mamluk pieces.
  • Humphrey, Carol. Fitzwilliam Museum Handbooks: Samplers. Cambridge University Press, 1997.
    ISBN 0-521-57300-9 (hardback) 0-521-57592-3 (paperback) LC NK9143 .H86 1997
    Another Mamluk sampler.
  • Ioannou-Yannara, Tatiana. Greek Threadwork: Lace. Athens: MELISSA Publishing House, 1989.
    LC NK9451 .A1 I53x 1989, Vol. 1 or 2?
    Includes several Egyptian pieces for discussion of early influences on Greek needlework
  • Kendrick, A.F. Catalogue of Muhammadan Textiles of the Medieval Period. London: Published under the authority of the Board of Education, 1924.
  • Kendrick, A.F. Catalogue of Textiles from Burying-Grounds in Egypt, Vol. II: Period of Transition and of Christian Emblems. London: Published under the authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1921.
  • Kendrick, A.F. Catalogue of Textiles from Burying-Grounds in Egypt, Vol. III: Coptic Period. London: Published under the authority of His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1922.
  • Kühnel, Ernst and Bellinger, Louisa. Catalogue of Dated Tiraz Fabrics: Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid. Washington, National Pub. Co., 1952.
    LC NK8988 .W38 1952
    Some tiraz fabrics were embroidered, and this book gives technical details on stitches used, including photos of the back of pieces.
  • Lamm, Carl Johan. "Some Mamlûk Embroideries," Ars Islamica Vol. IV, 1937, pp. 64-77.
    LC N6260 .A13
    Excellent article.
  • Otavsky, Karel and Salîm, Muhammad 'Abbâs Muhammad. Mittelalterliche Textilien I: Ägypten, Persien und Mesopotamien, Spanien und Nordafrika. Riggisberg: Abegg-Stiftung, 1995.
    ISBN 3905014068. LC NK8803 .A24 1995.
  • Rhodes, Mary. The Batsford Book of Canvas Work. London: B T Batsford Ltd., 1983.
    ISBN 0-7134-2669-1
    A small, black and white photo of a Mamluk sampler (the first one I came across).
  • Rogers, Clive (ed.). Early Islamic Textiles. Brighton: Rogers and Podmore, 1983.
    ISBN 0-9508875-0-1 (soft), 0-9508875-1-X (hard).
  • Salazar, Kim Brody (as Ianthe d'Averoigne). The New Carolingian Modelbook: Counted Embroidery Patterns from before 1600. Albuquerque, New Mexico: The Outlaw Press, 1995.
    ISBN 0-9642082-2-9.
    Includes a chart of the piece in the Epstein article.
  • Schuette, Marie and Mueller-Christensen, Sigrid. A Pictorial History of Embroidery. New York: Praeger, 1964.
  • Taylor, Roderick. Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus. Brooklyn, NY: Interlink Books, 1998.
    ISBN 1-899296-05-0. LC NK9251 .A3 A438 1998
    Another Mamluk sampler.
  • Thomas, Thelma K. Textiles from Medieval Egypt, A.D. 300-1300. Pittsburgh, PA: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 1990. (Copyright held by The Board of Trustees, Carnegie Institute).
    ISBN 0-911239-20-0.
    Excellent booklet. Despite title, includes later pieces.
  • Tissus d'Égypte: Témoins du Monde Arabe, VIIIe - XVe siècles: Collection Bouvier. Thonon-les-Bains: Albaron; Genève: Musée d'art et d'histoire; Paris: Institut du monde arabe, 1993.
    ISBN 2908528525. LC NK8988 .A1 T5 1993.
    Wonderful book, even if you don't read French. Catalog of an exhibit on medieval Egyptian fabrics. Chapters on embroidery, knitting and printed fabrics, etc.
  • Trilling, James. Aegean Crossroads: Greek Island Embroidery in the Textile Museum. Washington, D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1983.
    ISBN 0-87405-021-9. LC NK9251 .A31747 1983.
    One page with black-and-white photos of three Egyptian pieces, two of which are taken from Volbach and Kuehnel.
  • Volbach, W.F. and Kuehnel, Ernst. Late Antique, Coptic and Islamic Textiles of Egypt. New York: E. Weyhe, 1926.
    745 V8831
    Another one with lots of good stuff, but all black-and-white, mostly small and fuzzy.

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