I'm nearly finished with this book by Elizabeth Wayland Barber who also wrote The Mummies of Urumqi. As I mentioned there, Barber is a textile expert and also teaches linguistics and archaeology. It is a real pleasure to read about ancient textiles from her perspective because she's a weaver herself (she wove the fabric on the front cover based on some ancient textile scraps).
It's not really a general interest sort of book though. It's more for people who are interested in textiles and want to know more about their earliest history in Europe and the Middle East, or for people interested in archaeology. Recommended because Barber writes about technical topics so well.