Carpets & Rugs
The Carpet: Origins, Art and History

Carpets: Techniques, Traditions and History

The Ballantyne Collection: Rugs and Carpets from Persia

Bazaar to piazza: Islamic trade and Italian art, 1300-1600

Venice And The Islamic World, 828-1797

Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance

Links to photos of extant 15th-17th century carpets, as well as depictions of carpets in 14th, 15th and 16th century artwork.

See also Oriental Rugs & Carpets in Medieval European Paintings, Turkish Rugs In European Paintings, Circa 1440’s Flickr photostream and more links on pre-17th century rugs and carpets.

If you are interested in embroidering a carpet, read Portuguese Needlework Rugs, also called Arraiolos Carpets; a discussion of the manufacture of a carpet embroidered for the Australian SCA can be found at The Royal Carpet.

Early Examples of Offset Knotting includes photos and descriptions of several rugs from the 13th-16th centuries. Elsewhere on the same website are instructions for a simple frame loom for making carpets.

Some more extant carpets: