Afshar rugs & textiles

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Virtual versions of the Textile Museum’s “Rug & Textile Appreciation Morning Programs”. Afshar Rugs and Textiles, Part 1 By R. John Howe 9 September 2009 – R. John Howe: Textiles and Text Dear folks -On May 9, 2009, Austin Doyle and Michael Seidman gave a Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning program on Afshar rugs and textiles. This post is one of three that provides a virtual version of this program. Part 1 is Austin’s lecture. Part 2 presents the pieces that Austin and Michael brought in to illustrate particular aspects of Afshar weaving. Part 3 … Read more




Wendel Swan, Rugs 101

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Virtual versions of the Textile Museum’s “Rug & Textile Appreciation Morning Programs”. Wendel Swan: Rugs 101: the Lecture By R. John Howe 27 August 2009 – R. John Howe: Textiles and Text Dear folks -On May 30, 2009, Wendel Swan gave a Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning program at The Textile Museum here in Washington, D.C. on the topic of “Rugs and Textiles 101.”The TM Bulletin in which these sessions are announced says that Wendel’s topic was to be “Rug and Textiles 102.”  That may be a misprint, but it is perhaps a fortunate one … Read more




The Robert Pinner Lectures at the Hali Fair

The Robert Pinner Lectures at The HALI Fair 2006, Olympia Exhibition Centre London, will start on Saturday 10 June and conclude on Wednesday 14 June. The lectures include: Saturday 10 June: Classical Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Art introduced by Bruce Baganz 1pm Geraldine Norman: Between East and West, Islamic Art from the Hermitage Museum 2pm John Mills: Carpets, Their Story in Painting 3pm Daniel Walker: George Hewitt Myers, Collector and Connoisseur 4pm Tom Farnham: Lord Duveen’s Carpets 5pm Alberto Boralevi: Renaissance Italy and the Oriental Carpet Sunday 11 June: Textiles and Tribal Art introduced by … Read more




Tribal bags of South Persia – synopsis of ACOR talk by Ann Nicholas and Richard Blumenthal

A synopsis of the ACOR 8 talk by Ann Nicholas and Richard BlumenthalPhotos from: Kiani, M. 1999. Departing for the Anemone: Art in Gashgai Tribe. Kian nashr Publications, Shiraz. ISBN 964-91200-0-9. There are five tribal groups in South Persia with fine weaving cultures: the Afshar, Khamseh, Qashqa’i, Lors, and Bakhtiari. In 1900 there were about two million nomadic people in this area. Women weaving on a horizontal ground loom. Photo M. Kiani Most nomadic weaving, including bags, is done on a horizontal ground loom. This versatile loom can be used to weave cloth, many types … Read more




ACOR: Cicim and Zili by Donna Endres

  Jozan Magazine April 30th, 2006 The American Conference on Oriental Rugs offered quite a few interesting focus and hands-on sessions held by collectors and rug-professionals.One of the focus sessions “Cicim and Zili: Weft-Patterned Weavings of Anatolia” by Donna Endres on April 22nd, turned out to be a real hands-on session, with very interested collectors discussing textiles with Donna Endres long after her session had ended.Donna Endres is the owner of Istanbul to Samarkand Rug Gallery. Educated in art and art history, her “rug and textile life” began while living in Istanbul during the mid-80s, … Read more




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