About Murray Lee Eiland Jr:
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
SOURCE FOR INFORMATION BELOW: Contemporary
Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2011
Born September 9, 1936, in Taft, CA;
son of Murray Lee, Sr. (a judge) and Frances (a teacher; maiden name, Perrigo) Eiland; married Astrid
Hilweg (a nurse), November 19, 1967; children: Murray Lee III. Education: Attended University of California--Los
Angeles, 1954- 57; University of California--Berkeley, B.A., 1958; University of California--San Francisco,
M.D., 1961. Memberships: American Psychiatric Association, California Medical Association, Northern
California Psychiatric Association, Phi Beta Kappa. Addresses: Home: Berkeley, CA. Office: Napa State
Hospital, Imola, CA 94558.
U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, Staten Island, NY, intern,
1961-62; Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute, San Francisco, CA, resident, 1962-65; Napa State
Hospital, Imola, CA, psychiatrist, 1965--. Private practice of forensic psychiatry. President of Oriental
Rug Co, Inc., 1974--.
Joseph V. McMullan Award.
A Comprehensive Guide, New York Graphic Society, 1973, expanded edition, 1976, 3rd edition published
as Oriental Rugs: A New Comprehensive Guide, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1981.
Chinese and Exotic
Rugs, New York Graphic Society (Boston, MA), 1979.
Chinese and Other Exotic Oriental Rugs, New York
Graphic Society, 1979.
(With Lucy Der Manuelian) Weavers, Merchants, and Kings: The Inscribed Rugs
of Armenia, Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, TX), 1984.
Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections, San
Francisco Bay Area Rug Society (San Francisco, CA), 1990.
(Editor, with Dennis R. Dodds) Oriental
Rugs from Atlantic Collections, Philadelphia Eighth ICOC (Philadelphia, PA), 1996.
(With son, Murray
Lee Eiland III) Oriental Carpets: A Complete Guide, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1998.
Robert Pinner) Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies: The Salting Carpets, International Conference on
Oriental Carpets, 1999.
(With Robert Pinner) Between the Black Desert and the Red: Turkmen Carpets
from the Wiedersperg Collection, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), 1999.
Murray L. Eiland is generally considered to be one of the most knowledgeable scholars of all time on
the subject of fine rugs. Eiland is trained as a physician and has practiced in the psychiatric field
for many years, including a specialization in forensic psychiatry. His ventures in the rug world are
an avocation, one he shares with his son, Murray Eiland III, and a brother, Emmett Eiland. Both men
are also known as rug experts, with the elder Eiland regarded as the top rug man in the United States,
and among the best in the world. Eiland and his son coauthored Oriental Carpets: A Complete Guide,
which serves as a seminal resource for rug dealers and scholars. Eiland has published numerous books,
and Barry O'Connell, editor of the Web site JBOC's Notes on Oriental Rugs, has repeatedly stated that
Eiland's books are the most essential on the subject of rugs. He praised their illustrations, content,
and Eiland's writing style. According to O'Connell, Eiland is "a bit of a skeptic. He is very cautious
about what he accepts" and his mind is "razor sharp." Recommending Oriental Rugs: A Complete Guide as
"one of the very best books in the field," O'Connell noted: "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."