Use this section for to find publications and industry organizations that can provide additional information regarding sources and technical aspects of the fabrics and furnishings found in SOFT SURFACES.


AF Encyclopedia of Textiles. 3rd ed. American Fabrics and Fashion Magazine Editors. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1980. Information on textile fibers, history and origins, design, manufacturing process, fabric finishing, and definitions. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.

All New York: The Source Guide. David Armory Lown and Patricia Twohill Lown. New York: W. W. Norton, 1997. Guide to over 5,000 suppliers and manufacturers of furnishings, design centers, and related services in New York.

Basic Guidelines for the Care of Special Collections. Nancy Davis, Pamela Hatchfield, Jane Hutchins. Washington: American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 1973. Pamphlet from the AIC. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

The Book of Silk. Philippa Scott. London: Thames & Hudson, 1993.

The Care and Preservation of Textiles. Karen Finch and Greta Putnam. Berkeley, CA: Lacis, 1991. General reference for the nonspecialist written by a textile conservator. Photographs and illustrations.

Caring for Your Collections. The National Committee to Save America’s Cultural Collections. Washington, DC: National Institute for Conservation, 1992. Conservators have contributed topical chapters to this practical guide to maintenance of textiles, furniture, and other objects.

The Collector’s Dictionary of Quilt Names and Patterns. Yvonne M. Khin. Washington, DC: Acropolis Books, Ltd., 1980. Drawings of 2,400 quilt patterns organized by category with an index of specific pattern names.

The Connoisseur’s Guide to Oriental Carpets. E. Gans Ruedin. Rutland, VT: Charles E. Tuttle, 1971. General classifications are detailed, countries of origin listed with maps, and line drawings of identifying features.

Considerations for the Care of Textile and Costumes: A Handbook for the Non-Specialist. Harold F. Mailand. Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Museum of Art, 1980. Pamphlet with instructions for textile maintenance, list of supplies.

The Curtain Book: A Sourcebook for Distinctive Curtains, Drapes and Shades for Your Home. Caroline Clifton-Mogg and Melanie Paine. New York: Bulfinch Press Book, Little, Brown, 1997. Pictorial survey of selected modern and historical window treatments. Glossary, source section.

Designing and Painting for the Theatre. Lynn Pecktal. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1975. A reference guide to the production of theater scenery. Techniques and materials are explained with text, charts of theatrical fabrics and their applications, lists of formulas, and step-by-step explanations of processes. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Bibliography and glossary.

Dictionary of Fiber and Textile Terminology. Hoechst Celanese Corporation, 1990. A reference for textile terminology with emphasis on man-made fibers. Includes line drawings, an appendix of weaving guides and other technical tables, and is regularly updated. Available only from Hoechst Celanese Corporation, PO Box 32414, Charlotte, NC 28232. 704-554-3081.

A Dictionary of Lace. Pat Earnshaw. Buckinghamshire, UK: Shire Publications, 1982. Dictionary of lace types and terminology with photographs, drawings, and bibliography.

The Dictionary of Needlework. Sophia Caulfeild and Blanche Saward. New York: Arno Press, 1972. Reprint of the 1882 edition, which defines terms with text and engravings of general types of needlework, with detail drawings of stitches, patterns and techniques used in embroidery, lace, macramé, knitting, tatting, and other needlework.

A Dictionary of Textile Terms. 14th ed. Dan River. Danville, VA: Dan River Inc., 1992. A pocket-sized textile and fashion industry lexicon, regularly updated. Available only from Dictionary Department, Dan River Inc., 1325 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.

Encyclopedia of Textiles. Judith Jerde. New York: Facts on File, 1992. Alphabetically arranged reference of textile terms, construction and maintenance techniques, manufacturing processes, people and topics.

Elements of Weaving: A Complete Introduction to the Art and Techniques. Jack Lenor Larsen and Azalea Stuart Thorpe. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1967. A practical overview of weaving technique, materials, and equipment. Bibliography and glossary.

Fabrics. 8th ed. Grace Denny. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1962. Fabric names and definitions, with photographs and additional technical information. Bibliography.

Fabrics for Interiors: A Guide for Architects, Designers, and Consumers. Jack Lenor Larsen and Jeanne Weeks. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1975. A practical study of fabrics and their applications that explains textile constructions, finishing and coloring techniques, and industry terms and requirements. Illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Bibliography and glossary-index.

Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles. 7th ed. Phyllis G. Tortora, Robert S. Merkel, ed. New York: Fairchild Publications, 1996. A reference for terms, with overview of textile industry, listing of synonyms, trade associations, professional and educational organizations, bibliography.

A History of Dyed Textiles. Stuart Robinson. Cambridge, MA:
The MIT Press, 1969. A general study of dye techniques, materials, and explanations of terminology. Chart details geographical distribution of techniques. Appendices include international listing of textile museums, collections, and libraries. Bibliography.

A History of Printed Textiles. Stuart Robinson. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1969. A general study of print techniques and explanations of terminology with special emphasis on Great Britain. International listing of textile museums, collections, and libraries. Bibliography.

The Identification of Lace. Pat Earnshaw. Buckinghamshire, UK: Shire Publications, 1994. Study of the identifying characteristics of types of lace.

Interlacing: The Elemental Fabric. Jack Lenor Larsen with Betty Freudenheim. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1979. A view of fabric’s basic structures. Extensively illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Bibliography and combined glossary-index.

The Illustrated Dictionary of Lace. Judyth L. Gwynne. Berkeley, CA: Lacis, 1997. Entries are accompanied by a photograph, date, material content, construction, application, and museum sources. Glossary.

Kilim: The Complete Guide. Alastair Hull and José Luczyc-Wyhowska. London: Thames & Hudson; San Francisco: Chronicle, 1993.

Know Your Fabrics: Standard Decorative Textiles and Their Uses. Lucy Taylor. New York: John Wiley & Sons, London: Chapman & Hall, 1951. A study of types, uses, and history of decorative fabrics. Listing of fabrics includes definitions and decorator terms used prior to 1960. Photographs and line drawings illustrate text.

Lace. Virginia Churchill Bath. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1974. A study of types and of historical and modern laces and construction techniques. Illustrated with general photographs, and close-up shots and line drawings of techniques and structures. Bibliography.

Lace: History and Fashion. Anne Krantz. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. A survey of lace used in furnishings and fashions from the sixteenth century to the present. Includes photographs, a short glossary, bibliography.

Metallic Fabrics for Architecture-GKD Design Guide. 2/97 ed. Dueren, Germany: GKD-Gebr. Kufferath, GmbH. KG, Metallweberstrasse 46, D-52348 Dueren, Germany. Product catalog with wide range of woven metal fabrics, with applications, and structural information. Illustrated with drawings and photographs.

The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping. Hermione Sandwith and Sheila Stainton. London: Viking Penguin Books, 1988. The traditional maintenance methods as applied to collections in England’s National Trust homes.

Needlework in America. History, Design, and Techniques. Virginia Churchill Bath. New York: A Studio Book, Viking Press, 1979. Overview of the history and techniques of needlework. Photographs and detailed drawings of motifs and techniques helpful in identification. Bibliography.

The Needleworker’s Dictionary. Pamela Clabburn. New York: William Morrow, 1976. Dictionary format of terms, tools, and styles of needlework in fashion and furnishings. Illustrated with photographs and line drawings. International listing of collections and museums, and bibliography.

Nonwoven Fabric Primer and Reference Sampler. E. A. Vaughn. Cary, NC: Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, 1992.
Oriental Carpet Design: A Guide to Traditional Motifs, Patterns and Symbols. P. R. J. Ford. London: Thames & Hudson, 1992.

Oriental Carpets: A Complete Guide. Murray L. Eiland Jr. and Murray L. Eiland III. New York: Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown, 1998. Identification and survey, organized by geographical origin. General definitions in text.

The Oriental Rug Lexicon. Peter Stone. London: Thames & Hudson; Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1997.

Plain and Fancy: American Women and Their Needlework, 1700– 1850. Susan Burrows Swan. New York: A Rutledge Book, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977. A survey of needlework. Glossary of stitches and techniques is illustrated with line drawings and photographs. Bibliography.

The Primary Structures of Fabrics. Irene Emery. Washington, DC: The Textile Museum; London: Thames & Hudson, 1994. A basic text classifying textile structures. Extensively illustrated with close-up photographs.

The Quilt Encyclopedia Illustrated. Carter Houck. New York: Harry N. Abrams, with the Museum of American Folk Art, 1991. Information about quilting history, terms, techniques, tools, patterns, and care, with photographs.

Quilts in America. Patsy Orlofsky and Myron Orlofsky. New York: Abbeville Press, 1992. A survey of quilt history, techniques, patterns, and styles. Includes guidelines for determining age, instructions for care, photographs, and bibliography.

Rio Grande Textiles. Nora Fisher, ed. Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico, 1994. A survey of southwestern textiles including history and techniques of dyeing, weaving, and needlework. Illustrated with photographs, line drawings, maps, and tables. Glossary, bibliography.

Rugs and Carpets of the World. Ian Bennett, ed. New York: A & W, 1977. Rugs and carpets categorized by period, type, and geography, weaving techniques and materials. Photographs and line illustrations, information regarding purchase and maintenance, glossary, bibliography, maps of major weaving areas.

Silk. Jacques Anquetil. Paris: Flammarion, 1995. An illustrated history of silk weaving and applications in furnishings and fashions. Bibliography and glossary.
Softness and Movement of Light. Robert Kronenburg. Architectural Monographs No. 48, FTL Todd Dalland and Nicholas Goldsmith. London: Academy Editions, 1997. A review of the work of two architects who design tensile structures with an overview of tensile design, materials, and techniques. Photographs and line drawings, bibliography.

The Story of Silk. Dr. John Feltwell. New York: St. Martin’s Press. 1991. An overview of the history of silk making and the silk trade. Appendices list silk weavers, museums, societies, and associations. Bibliography and glossary.

Style Sourcebook: The Definitive Illustrated Dictionary of Fabrics, Paints, Wallpaper, Tiles, Flooring. Judith Miller. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1998. A survey of period styles organized chronologically. Photographs show 2,300 samples with purchasing details.

Tapestry. Barty Phillips. London: Phaidon Press, 1994. A broad survey of tapestries from many cultures and periods. Includes photographs, illustrations, information regarding purchase and maintenance, lists of collections, bibliography, and glossary.

Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design. Sarah E. Braddock and Marie O’Mahony. London: Thames and Hudson, 1998. Contemporary textile technology and applications in fashion, furnishings, industry and art. Photographs, bibliography, glossary, directory of suppliers, museum and exhibition information.
Tensile Architecture. Philip Drew. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979. Survey from nomadic tent cultures to the late 1960s’ work of Frei Otto. Extensive bibliography.

The Tent Book. E. M. Hatton. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1979. Illustrated text covers the general history, architectural constructions, artistic and consumer uses. Includes a source guide and bibliography.

Textile Art. Michel Thomas, Christine Mainguy, and Sophie Pommier. New York: Skira/Rizzoli, 1985. Illustrated history of textile art including archeological fabrics, tapestries, and contemporary fabric art. Bibliography.

The Textile Art in Interior Design. Melanie Paine. Photography by Bill Batten. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1990. A decorator’s view of textiles and applications. Extensive source directory, bibliography, glossary.

The Textile Arts: A Handbook of Weaving, Printing, and Other Textile Techniques. Vera Birrell. New York: Schocken Books, 1973. An overview of textile constructions, techniques, and materials. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Bibliography and glossary.

Textile Collections of the World. Cecil Lubell, ed. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, Vol. I (United States and Canada) and Vol. II (United Kingdom and Ireland), 1976; Vol. III (France) 1977. Guides to textile collections by city. Photographs and maps.

Textile Designs: Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns. Susan Meller and Joost Elffers. New York: Harry N. Abrams; London: Thames & Hudson, 1991. A visual encyclopedia in color of 1,823 printed designs, organized by motifs with captions indicating date, print technique, usage, and scale of reproduction.

Textiles: A Handbook for Designers. Rev. ed. Marypaul Yates. New York: W. W. Norton, 1996. A study of the textile industry for the professional and student, emphasizing the processes and practices of textile design. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. Bibliography and glossary.

Textiles, 5000 Years. Jennifer Harris, ed. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991. A comprehensive survey of a wide range of textiles and applications by twenty-four experts. Illustrated with photographs and line drawings. Extensive bibliography, glossary.

Textile Terms and Definitions. Manchester, England: Textile Institute. Quadrennial publication compiled by the Terms and Definitions Committee of the Textile Institute. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

Thomas Register of American Manufacturers. 88th ed. New York: Thomas Publishing, 1999. Published in thirty-four volumes, this resource lists products and services alphabetically, with company contact information, and cross-references. Products are by type and application, geographical locale, and specific supplier. Updated annually and available on line. 5 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001.

Traditional Indian Textiles. John Gillow and Nicholas Barnard. London: Thames & Hudson, 1991.

Traditional Indonesian Textiles. John Gillow. London: Thames & Hudson, 1993.
Traditional Textiles of Central Asia. Janet Harvey. London: Thames & Hudson, 1996. Illustrated overview of costume and decorative textiles with museum source section.

The Tribal Eye: Antique Kilims of Anatolia. Peter Davies. New York: Rizzoli International, 1993. An illustrated view of Anatolian kilims, including general information about wool processing, dyeing, weaving techniques, patterns and motifs, and the cultural role of kilims. Bibliography.

Window Treatments. Karla J. Nielson. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990. A survey of fabric and other window treatments with historical and technical notes. Illustrated with line drawings. Bibliography and glossaries for window, contract, and fabric terms,

World Textiles: A Visual Guide to Traditional Techniques. John Gillow and Brian Sentance. London: Thames & Hudson; New York: Bulfinch Press, Little Brown, 1999. An overview of handmade textiles. Glossary, bibliography, and information on collections with public access.


Architectural Digest. Condé Nast Publications, 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Monthly publication with color photographs and topical features. Of particular interest are departments covering international shopping sources.

Crafts. Crafts Council, 44A Pentonville Rd., London N1 9BY, England.
Fabrics and Architecture. Bimonthly magazine of the Industrial Fabrics Association. Provides design and specifying information on industrial fabrics used in architecture. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

Hali: The International Magazine of Antique Carpet and Textile Art. Hali Publications, St. Giles House, 50 Poland Street, London W1V 4AX, England. Monthly publication with color photographs that includes topical articles, book and exhibit reviews, and an extensive international calendar of auctions, exhibitions, fairs, and conferences.

Industrial Fabric Product Review. Monthly publication of Industrial Fabrics Association. Articles on developing technology, publications, and market trends, calendar of events and listings of new products and publications. Annual directory issue, Industrial Fabric Product Review Buyer’s Guide, lists companies, products, and trade names. See entry under Associations and Libraries.
Interior Design. 345 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014. Monthly publication with color photographs, topical features, book reviews, calendar of events and exhibits.

Interiors. BPI Communications, Inc., 1515 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. Monthly publication with color photographs and topical features. Calendar of industry events and exhibits.

International Textiles. Benjamin Dent & Co., 23 Bloomsbury Sq., London WC1A 2PJ, England.

Rowan Journal. Rowan Yarns, Green Lane Mill, Holmfirth, West Yorkshire HD7 1RW, England.

Surface Design. The Journal of the Surface Design Association, Inc. PO Box 360, Sebastopol, CA 95473-0360. Quarterly publication with color photographs, articles about fabric design and technology, reviews of books and exhibits, and educational notes
Surface Newsletter. Quarterly newsletter of the Surface Design Association. News of association, calendar of topical events, book reviews, industry health and safety information. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

Textile Forum. English edition of Textilforum. Textil-Forum-Service/B. Sterk Friedenstr. 5, PO Box 5944, D-30059 Hannover, Germany. Quarterly publication with color photographs, articles about textiles in furnishings and fashion, construction techniques, a calendar of international topical events, reviews, and listings of textile libraries, publications, and Internet publications.

Textile History. W. S. Maney & Son, Hudson Road, Leeds LS9 7DL, England. Biannual journal that covers design, conservation, and textile applications in articles by specialists. Also includes reviews of books and exhibitions.

The Textile Museum Journal. The Textile Museum, Washington, DC. Annual compilations of articles by scholars and specialists in textile fields. The Journals no longer in print are available as photocopied volumes. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

The Textile Museum Book List. Semi-annual catalog of books available for purchase. Many are difficult to find elsewhere. See entry under Associations and Libraries.

The World of Interiors. Condé Nast Publications, Vogue House, 1 Hanover Square, London W1R 0AD, England. Monthly publication with color photographs, features about interior design and antiques, reviews of books and exhibits, and calendars of industry events, exhibitions, antique fairs, and auctions.


American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 20006-5292

American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC). 1717 K St., NW, Ste. 301, Washington, DC 20006.

American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA). 1150 17th St. NW, Ste. 310, Washington, DC 20036.

American Textile History Museum. 491 Dutton St. Lowell, MA 01845-4221. Collection and library, by appointment.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). 608 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC 20002

Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA). 1001 Winstead Dr., Ste. 460, Cary, NC 27513.

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2 E. 91 St., New York, NY 10128-0669. Textile and wall coverings study collections: Design Resource Center (by appointment); Library: The Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Memorial Study Center (by appointment).

Fashion Institute of Technology. 227 W. 27th St., New York, NY 10001. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology Textile Collection. Membership necessary for nonstudent use of collection; appointment necessary for nonstudent use of library.

Industrial Fabrics Association (IFAI). 1801 Country Rd. BW., Roseville, MN 55113-4061.

Institute for Textile Technology. PO Box 391, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC). 6 Buckingham St. London WC2N 6BA, England.

Interior Design Society (IDS). PO Box 2396, High Point, NC 27261.
International Interior Design Association (IIDA). 341 Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654-1104.

International Society of Interior Designers (ISID). 1933 S. Broadway, Suite 138, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Material Connexion. 4 Columbus Circle, New York, NY, 10019. Membership necessary for use of collection of furnishings and construction materials, information services, data bank.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, Antonio Ratti Textile Center. 5th Ave. and 82nd St., New York, NY 10021. Textile study collection (by appointment).

Musée Historique des Tissus (Textile History Museum). 34 rue de la Charité, F-69002 Lyon France

Musée des Themes et de l’Hôtel de Cluny (Cluny Museum), 6 Place Paul-Painleve, F-75005 Cluny France.

Musée du Louvre (The Louvre), Palais du Louvre, F-75041 Paris France
National Institute for Conservation. (NIC) 3299 K Street NW, Suite 403, Washington, DC 20007.

Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. Henry Ave. and Schoolhouse Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19144. Textile study collection, Paley Design Center, 4200 Henry Ave. (by appointment); Gutman Library open during scheduled hours.

Surface Design Association. PO Box 360, Sebastol, CA 95473-0360.
Textile Institute. 10 Blackfriars St., Manchester M3 5DR, England.
The Textile Museum. 2330 S Street NW, Washington, DC 20008. Textile study collection (by appointment). Library open during scheduled hours.

Textile Society of America. PO Box 70, Earleville, MD 21919-0070.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Department of Textile and Dress. Cromwell Rd. SW7 2RL, London, England. Textile collection: Over 5,000 textiles accessible in study rooms, additional sections by appointment. National Art Library: prearranged pass is necessary.

Whitworth Art Gallery. The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd. M15 6ER, Manchester, England. Textile study collection (by appointment).