Review Sartirana Textile Show 2013

Category: Fairs and conferences

This years Sartirana Textile Show, organized with great skill by Alberto Boralevi and La Pila Events Exhibit and Party, ended Sunday 22 September and the high quality of exhibited antique rugs and textiles from the 26 attending dealers will be remembered. And the venue, ‘La Pila’ in Sartirana, a rice mill from the 17th century, created a picturesque frame around the show. The weather during the four fair days was fine too. So visiting Italy and Sartirana Textile Show was a good experience for the visitors.

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La Pila’s first floor was the venue for Sartirana Textile Show 2013
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Tim Steinert from Carpet Collector (left), Mohammad Tehrani and Farzin Mollaian in the stand of Mollaian
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Antique Deccan carpet from India exhibited by Mollaian
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Karatchop mid 19th century or earlier exhibited by Galerie Emir
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Bidjar circa 1870. Exhibitor Robin Parvizyar
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19th century Uzbek Julkhur exhibited by Tappeti Orientalis
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Tribal bags exhibited by Reza Memarian, Amsterdam

(Find more examples of exhibited rugs and textiles in these articles: Report ongoing show, More rugs )

The  socalled ‘Tea Time Textile Talks’ included three interesting lectures. A lecture Friday 20 September on Uzbek embroidery by Dr. Elmira Gyul with the same title as her coming book ‘Gardens of Heaven and Gardens of Earth. Embroidery of Uzbekistan: the hidden Meaning of Sacred Texts’. Also on Friday a speak by Drs. Koos de Jong about Tibetan Horse Tacks based on the research behind his new book ‘Dragon & Horse. Saddle Rugs and Other Horse Tack from China and Beyond’.

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Elmira Gyul spoke about Uzbek embroidery
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Koos de Jong spoke about Tibetan Horse Tacks

Edoardo Marino spoke Saturday about ‘Calpesta La Guerra‘ (Trample on War) – a campaign by CooperAction Onlus with the aim to support peace, education and work for a more sustainable development in Afghanistan. This campaign included an special exhibition of Afghan War Rugs – 85% wool, 15% cotton and 100% war.

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Edoardo Marino (left) and Alberto Boralevi
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‘La Pila’s managing director Simone Furlan (right) and Alessio Di Carlo, CooperAction Onlus

The side exhibitions were, as recent years, very interesting, and included a special exhibition of tribal bags and a very unusual exhibition of mosaic ‘rugs’ by the Canadian artist Suzanne Spahi.

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Suzanne Spahi in front of a part of her exhibition. The real rug on the left has been model for the mosaic
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The special tribal bag exhibition.
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