Nomadic Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg at the MET

The MET will show an exhibition ‘Nomadic Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg’ from 25 September 2017 through 7 May 2018. The location is The Met Fifth Avenue, The Hagop Kevorkian Fund Special Exhibitions Gallery, Floor 2, Gallery 458.

The exhibition will highlight 19 distinctly patterned examples of woven bags, accompanied by one pile-woven saddle cover, that lend insight into a way of life practiced in the Middle East for hundreds of years. The gift, which came to The Met in 2015, greatly expands the Museum’s holdings of tribal weavings from the region. The exhibition will also include two Islamic paintings from the Museum’s collection that illustrate bags and trappings in use in traditional society.

Double saddle bag (Khorjin), ca. 1900. Northwestern Iran or Azerbaijan, Shahsevan tribe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg

Double saddle bag (Khorjin), ca. 1900. Northwestern Iran or Azerbaijan, Shahsevan tribe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gift of Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg

The Ginsbergs have been interested in small textiles since the 1970s, and became more active as collectors in the 1990s. Their collection focuses primarily on tribes living in Iran and the surrounding areas.

The exhibition ‘Nomadic Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg‘ will include bags specifically designed to hold flour, salt, and bedding. Also on view will be more than a dozen examples of the ubiquitous khorjin or double bag used throughout the Middle East as a kind of briefcase-handbag, woven by women from the Shahsevan, Bakhtiari, Khamseh, Qashqai, and other tribes that populated 19th-century Iran, Turkey, and Transcaucasia.

Location and more information: The Met Fifth Avenue, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028