Pile rugs and kilim fragments at Alberto Boralevi Gallery

Category: Exhibitions

Alberto Boralevi, Florence, has organized an exhibition ‘Fragments 2023’ with pieces from his collection. The exhibition will run from 7 February through 28 February 2023 by appointments only.

The current show is divided in two parts, presenting both Anatolian kilims and knotted pile rugs from Anatolia, Persia, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Among the knotted carpets, a large fragment of a Kerman rug from the beginning of the 18th century stands out, woven with in the vase-technique. Another interesting piece is an unusual Central Asian Kyrgyz or Uzbek carpet with trees on a white background. Among the kilims the most notable is a very early Hotamis kilim fragment with very soft colours.

Kirman pile fragment 218×115 cm. Vase-technique, early 18th century.
Central Asian Kyrgyz or Uzbek carpet fragment with trees on a white background
Small fragments for a study collection
Hotamis kilim fragment 145×205 cm. Central Anatolia around 1800 or earlier.

‘Fragments 2023’ is the fifth exhibition of fragments organized by Alberto Boralevi who has been researching, collecting and marketing these relics of a glorious past for over 25 years. The first exhibition dates back to 1998 and was presented both live and online. A second exhibition followed in 2006 which also included textiles. In 2008 an exhibition of kilim fragments was held and in 2009 a series of Caucasian fragments from Azerbaijan were showcased. The last exhibition of Anatolian carpet fragments took place in 2010.

As a part of the program for ‘The Hali Colloquium in Italy: Florence, Milan, Turin and Genoa‘ the attendees will visit the gallery 6 February 16:00 pm. Participation in the Hali program requires registration.

Contact information and location: Alberto Boralevi, Antique Rugs & Textiles, First Floor Palazzo Frescobaldi, Via di Santo Spirito, 11, 50125 Firenze- Italy

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