The planned International Congress on Azerbaijani Carpets in June 2013 in Baku was cancelled two weeks ago by the Minister of Culture. Many attendees were very disappointed by the fact that they both missed the congress and also their money for prepaid fly tickets.
But – when Roya Taghiyeva, Director of the Azerbaijani Carpet Museum, announced the cancellation, she also suggested an alternative cultural tour with the possibility to visit the carpet storages of the Azerbaijani Carpet Museum and the Museum of History, carpet workshops in Baku, and historical and natural sights of Baku and Sheki.
By a prompt initiative by Alberto Boralevi and Stefano Ionescu a program for this alternative carpet study tour is present.
“This tour is not the Congress, but it can still be very interesting, expecially for those who have not been in Azerbaijan before” said Alberto Boralevi to Jozan Magazine and continued “Our friend Stefano Ionescu, who has a great experience as organizer of rug study tours has drafted a program for 17-21 June 2013 working together with a Baku travel agency. Â There is a limited number of 25 participants and probably also someone who was not invited to the Congress could be interested in participating in this tour”.
Links: Â Program for carpet study tour (pdf)
More information and registration: Stefano Ionescu
There will be several interesting antique rug and textile fairs in the coming months both in Europe and USA. These fairs include BARE, KARMA, Sartirana Textile Show and ARTS SF.
Berlin Antique Rugs & Textile Exhibition 31 May – 2 June 2013
The very first edition of BARE, Berlin Antique Rugs & Textile Exhibition, will open for the public Friday 31 May 2013 at 11.00 am, and run through Sunday 2 June. The intentions with this fair are both to create a new venue for collectors and antique rug dealers in the Northern part of Europe but also to attract the public in Berlin and introduce them to the exciting passion of rug collecting. This fair is organized by Carpet Collector so expect a professionally organized and friendly event.
The BARE will be held at the ‘Alte MÃ¼nze’ and the former Berlin mint has a good reputation as an excellent exhibition building. The vaults in the Alte MÃ¼nze are of historic significance. A special documentary photo exhibition will be devoted to their history. 17 important oversize carpets from the Bode Collection were stored in the ‘deep vault of the Reich mint’, but were destroyed following a bomb raid on 11 March 1945 and this was the end of the Bode Collection. Guided tours with small groups to the exhibition ‘The Fateful Night in the Old Mintâ€˜s Vault â€“ The End of the Major Bode Collection’ will be offered several times a day.
Beside the circa 25 dealers the “carpet press’ will be represented by Hali, Carpet Collector and Jozan Magazine which have stands on the first floor of the exhibition building.
While you are there a visit at the famousÂ Museum for Islamic Art, located 20 minutes walk from the BARE, is a must.
KARMA London 6-8 June 2013
After Berlin next stop for the passionated collector is London where KARMA, Kensington Antique Rug Mercantile Association, from 6 to 8 June 2013 will hold the 6th edition of their small boutique fairÂ with 10 antique rug and textile dealers. Once again this event will take place at 202 Kensington Church St. in London and will be concurrent with the Olympia Fine Art Fair. KARMA is organized by Rupert Smith.
Besides the dealers fair KARMA also includes a small lecture program. One of the lectures ‘Collecting rugs’ is given by James Cohen. James is truly ‘a nomadic dealer’ and will in 2013 exhibit at most of the mentioned antique rug fairs in this article BARE, KARMA and ARTS.
Sartirana Textile Show 19-22 September 2013
Alberto Boralevi has been organizer of Sartirana Textile show since 2005. This years show, with circa 25 International and Italian antique rug dealers will take place 19-22 September 2013 at Sartirana Castle, Sartirana, Lomellina, one hours drive from Milan.
This show is known for the high standard of exhibited rugs and carpets and for it’s relaxed atmosphere. Â So expect plenty of time to pleasant conversations about rugs and life in general with the attending dealers.
Antique Rug & Textile Show 17-20 October 2013 in San Francisco
Since it’s start in 2009 ARTS, held at the Motel Capri, has become one of the majorÂ rug and textile event of the year and an important venue for collectors and antique rug dealers from around the world. The concept for ARTS is the same as for KARMA to keep dealer expenses low by exibiting in the dealers hotel rooms. This creates a special informalÂ atmosphere appreciated by many of the dealers.
A special opening reception will take place 17 October at 2.30 pm and the fair will be open for the public 18-20 October daily 10 am – 8 pm.
Expect world class tribal rugs and textiles at this fair and meetings with hardcore collectors. San Francisco in October is also world class.
More articles:Â More news about BARE, Berlin Antique Rugs & Textile Exhibition, Carpet Collector Fair in Berlin,Â KARMA antique rug show 2013,Â Sartirana Textile Show 2013,Â Visitor satisfaction at ARTS 2012
The Textile Society of America has just made a ‘call for papers’ for their symposium next year. The online submission proces for proposals is just opened and will run through 1 October 2013.
The 14th Biennial Symposium will take place 10-14 September 2014 on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The theme of TSAâ€™s symposium ‘New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future’Â will explore change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future.
TSA seeks presentation proposals from all textile-related disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and theater, among others.
More information: Textile Society of America
The de Young museum in San Francisco has announced a special new exhibition ‘From the Exotic to the Mystical’ from 4 May – 4 August 2013.
This exhibition is drawn from the Museumsâ€™ extensive collection of textile arts and the selection represents 15 centuries of textile arts. Among the art works are finely detailed English embroideries, Spanish laces, tapestries, and a set of French ecclesiastical vestments from the reign of Louis XIV.
A common thread of allegorical imagery runs through the exhibition, which is organized into four thematic sections: exoticism, mythology, Christian symbolism, and the fantasized animal world. The works on view range from ceremonial articles to domestic finery, reflecting how deeply their complex ideas penetrated daily life.
Location and more information: The de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118.
Rippon Boswell’s major spring auction ‘Collectors Carpets’ will take place Saturday 25 May 2013 at 15.00 in Wiesbaden, Germany. Their viewing exhibition will be open for the public from Wednesday 22 May – Friday 24 May daily 14.00 – 19.00 and on the auction day 9.00 – 12.00.
This auction includes 257 lots and among them antique tribal rugs, carpets, bags, suzanis and kilims from all major rug areas like Persia, Anatolia, Caucasus, China, East Turkestan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Their auction catalogue, which as always includes excellent high resolution images, can be found online.
Location and more information: Rippon Boswell, FriedrichstraÃŸe 45, 65185 Wiesbaden, Germany