Turkish kilims and why they are hot in Istanbul

by Sarah Haberkern. The visible trend in the Istanbul rug market moves towards kilims and there are lots of Turkish kilims in the trade this year. This phenomenon has several reasons. Firstly, because Turkish kilims have became popular among Japanese tourists. They are often first time buyers with a great … read more

Mattiebelle Gittinger receives the Myers Award

The Textile Museum announced today that Mattiebelle Gittinger has been chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Museum’s George Hewitt Myers Award. The Myers Award, named for The Textile Museum’s founder and given by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, recognizes an individual’s lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the field. … read more

ICOC Istanbul Overview

The 11th International Conference on Oriental Carpets took place 19-22 April 2007 in Istanbul – the “Carpet City” with nearly 600 participants. This conference will especially be remembered for the impressing numbers of outstanding exhibitions in the program, the great atmosphere and the many activities and interesting sites in the … read more

Josephine Powel show of rural flatweaves by Raoul Tschebull

At ICOC Eleven, there were several compelling exhibitions with absolute blockbuster content, but my favorite was the comparatively modest Josephine Powell show of rural Anatolian flatweaves and storage bags, plus Josephine’s excellent ethnographic photographs.  Yes, the pieces were wonderful, well conserved, mounted, and lighted, set up in an old palace … read more