Iwan Maktabi, a leading Oriental rug and carpet company in Lebanon, holds an interesting exhibition of Hezar-Jerib kilims from the Mazandaran province in Iran. “The exhibition will run through the 10th of July 2012 but the collection of kilims will remain in our flagship store at Charles Malek Avenue, Quantum Tower” said Chirine Maktabi to Jozan Magazine.
“In this exhibition, we encourage the visitor not only to tune into the secret language of tribal woven art, but also to think outside the domain of ethnography, in an attempt to capture the underlying elements that connect ‘Textile Art’ to simply ‘Art'” said Mohamad A. Maktabi.
The kilims presented come from the various regions in the Mazandaran province located between the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountains. The patterns and colors of these flatweaves have a resemblance to Minimalism, an artistic movement in Western paintings in the 1950’s but any artistic resemblance between these Iranian flatweaves and Western art is coincidental according to Parviz Tanavoli and Werner Weber, the authors of the book “Undiscovered Minimalism: Gelims from Northern Iran“. Werner Weber, antique textile dealer from Zurich, is a foremost expert in this field and will also be exhibitor at the coming Sartirana Textile Show 13-16 September 2012.
Location: Iwan Maktabi, Ashrafiyeh, Charles Malek Avenue, Quantum Tower 1st Floor, Beirut, Lebanon