Dr. Murray Eiland Jr.

Murray and his son Murray III wrote Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide. It is one of the very best books in the field. If you have 5 books on Oriental Rugs this book should be one of them. I know some people avoid general rug books once they gain a little knowledge but they miss the point because this book is every bit as important as the specialist literature. For instance one old friend fancies himself a Turkmen specialist he has said he has not read this book because he is too far advanced for general books. All I can say is this book is as good or better than many specialist books that he has bought and some of his comments show he missed this book.

Eiland, Murray L, Jr. and Eiland, Murray L. III Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide. Boston: Little Brown and Company, 1998 4th edition.

The single best collectors book on Oriental carpets. This completely blows away the 3rd edition and that was the best book in the field before this one.

Dr, Murray Eiland Jr. is one of the greatest rug scholars of all time. Over the years when I have run into problems understanding something about a rug I call on a small group of experts. Of all of those experts Murray is one of the very best. Murray is a bit of a skeptic. He is very cautious about what he accepts. On occasion Murray and I disagree and he is such a gentleman that it is always a tremendously educational event. When I wrote The Incidence Of High Ply Counts In Early Cotton Warps Murray was a tremendous help even though we agreed to disagree. Perhaps one of the greatest examples of scholarship among gentlemen is “F. R, Martin’s A History of Oriental Carpets Before 1800, along with running commentaries by Charles Grant Ellis and Murray L. Eiland, Jr.” that was reprinted in Oriental Rug Review. Two razor sharp minds sometime in disagreement but the article is a treasure.

Over the years I have spoken to or met a number of Murray’s very impressive family. His parents are charming and it is wonderful to hear he pride in his mother’s voice when she speaks of him. Murray’s wife is a very gracious lady. I have only spoken to Murray III once but he is doing some great work and making a big contribution to the field of Archeology as well as rug studies. Murray and Emmett Eiland are brothers but I will deal with Emmett in his own page.

University of California Medical School in 1961.
Specialty training in psychiatry from 1962 – 1965, Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco.
Psychiatrist, author, editor, and rug expert. Active in the study of Oriental Rugs since 1962. In certain fields Murray is America’s top rug expert and one of a very small group in the world.
Program Director at Napa State Hospital in California and maintains a private practice in forensic psychiatry.
The Joseph V. McMullan Award
Eiland, Murray L, Jr. and Eiland, Murray L. III Oriental Rugs A Complete Guide.
Der Manuelian, L. and M. Eiland: Weavers, Merchants and Kings, Inscribed Rugs from Armenia
Dr, Murray Eiland Jr.
Eiland, Murray L Jr. et al. Oriental Carpets and Textile Studies. Volume IV
Eiland, Murray L Jr. Oriental Rugs A Comprehensive Guide
Eiland, Murray L Jr. Oriental Rugs from Western Collections
Eiland, Murray L. Jr. Chinese and Exotic Rugs
Opie, James. Tribal Rugs of Southern Persia Eiland, Murray L, Jr. M.D. Forward
Saunders, Peter E. and Eiland, Murray L, Jr. M.D. Tribal Visions
F. R, Martin’s A History of Oriental Carpets Before 1800, along with running commentaries by Charles Grant Ellis and Murray L. Eiland, Jr. Oriental Rug Review.
Eiland, Murray L, Jr. M.D. We’re Off to See the Wizard an exploration of new paths to well-being. Berkeley: Rosebud, l980
“Speculations of the Earliest Surviving Chinese Rugs”. Hamburg/Berlin ICOC7 1993.
“The Origin of Designs In Village and Nomadic Rugs”. Washington DC: ICOC 1980.
“Rugs From Chinese Turkestan” Santa Monica: ACOR 3, 1996.
Eiland, M. Oriental Rugs From Pacific Collections. 1990,
Eiland, M. L, Jr., Pinner, R., & Denny, W. B. Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies. IV. 1993,
Eiland, Murray Jr, Contributing Editors, Hali The International Magazine of Antique Carpet and Textile Art.
Eiland, Murray Jr. “BOOKS”. Hali 98, 1998. page 103. “Review – Helen Obendiek’s The Tarim Basin Carpet.’
Dodds, D. R. & Eiland , Murray Jr. ed. Oriental Rugs from Atlantic Collections Philadelphia 1996.
Oriental Carpets A Complete Guide
Articles by Eiland, Murray L., Jr. Oriental Rug Review

Vol. 8/2 Turkomans and Scholarship, by Dr. Murray L. Eiland, Jr., Vol. 8/2

Vol. 8/3 Themes in Afshar Weaving, by Murray Eiland, Review of an exhibition at Adraskand, Vol. 8/3

Vol. 8/4 Book Review, Oriental Carpets in The Philadelphia Museum of Art, by Charles Grant Ellis, Reviewed by Murray L. Eiland, Jr., Vol. 8, No. 4, p. 45

Vol. 9/5 A Look at the Word Tribal, by Murray L. Eiland, A warning about using rug labels, Vol. 9/5

Vol. 11/6 Tibetan Rugs at Adraskand, exhibition review by Murray L. Eiland, Jr., Thought-provoking, immensely satisfying exhibit, Vol. 11/6

Vol. 16/2 The Pregnant Boteh, exhibition review by Murray L. Eiland, Jr, #125, Vol. 16/2

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