Antique Carpets from Western Asia at Denver Art Museum

Category: Exhibitions

Denver Art Museums newly opened exhibition “Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia” will run through 28 May 2023. The exhibition showcases more than 40 rugs and carpets from Turkey, Iran and Caucasus over six centuries.

The rugs are from the Denver Art Museum’s permanent collection, as well as loans from The Textile Museum (Washington DC), the Saint Louis Art Museum and from local private collectors.

The exhibition is organized in three thematic sections; nomadic and seminomadic, court and commercial workshops and regional cottage industries with a sub-section on prayer rugs.

Heriz or Tabriz
Heriz or Tabriz, Northwest Iran, Fantasy Animal Carpet with Poem (Vaq Vaq Carpet), about 1880. Hand-knotted silk pile; silk warp and weft; 196 x 146.75 in. Neusteter Textile Collection at the Denver Art Museum: Gift of James E. Stokes and Mrs. Donald Magarrell, 1956.38. Photography by Eric Stephenson, courtesy Denver Art Museum
Bergama Rug
Northwest Turkey, Bergama Rug, 1800s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 70 x 60 in. Gift of William and Sondra Bechhoefer.
Dragon Rug
Caucaus, Dragon Rug, 1700s. Hand-knotted wool pile; wool warp and weft; 144 x 73 in. The Textile Museum Collection, Washington DC, R36.1.2: Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1923. Photography by Breton Littlehales.

More information and location: Denver Art Museum: Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia 18 December 2022 – 28 May 2023, Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver, Colorado, Martin Building, Level 6.

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