Anatolian kilims, highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection

Category: Exhibitions

De Young Museum, San Francisco, will hold an exhibition “The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection” from 10 September 2011 through 10 June 2012.

Kilim, 17th century Turkey, Central Anatolia Wool; slit tapestry weave 383.5 x 182.9 cm.

The exhibition will showcase two dozen of the finest kilims selected from a world-class collection of Anatolian kilims gifted to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco by Caroline McCoy-Jones from 1988¬89.

Kilim, 18th century Turkey, Anatolia Wool, cotton; slit tapestry weave 142.2 x 350.5 cm.

Caroline and H. McCoy Jones have generously donated more than 800 textile works to the museum. “The Art of the Anatolian Kilim” is a celebration of their gift.

Kilim, 18th–19th century Turkey, Anatolia Wool; slit tapestry weave 335.3 x 180.3 cm

“The first presentation of works from this collection in 1990 signified a breakthrough in the appreciation of this weaving tradition. Not only was it the first time a Western museum had mounted a major exhibition dedicated to Anatolian kilims, but it was also the first time that kilims of this age, rarity and fragility were seen by the public. With more than 20 years passing since this important collection made its public debut, many visitors, scholars and textile enthusiasts will be able to enjoy and study them for the first time” says curator Jill D’Alessandro to Jozan Magazine.

Floor covering (saf kilim), 17th–18th century Turkey, Central Anatolia Wool; slit and dovetailed tapestry weave 167 x 363 cm.

Lead sponsors for this exhibition are S. Peter Poullada and Nancy Sheppard and the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society. Sponsors are Dr. Donald Breyer and Levon Der Bedrossian. Support for the exhibition is also provided by the H. McCoy Jones Trust.

Kilim, 18th century Turkey, Anatolia Wool, cotton; slit tapestry weave, eccentric curved wefts 121.9 x 388.6 cm.

Location and more information: De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

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