2000 years of oriental rug trade by Thomas Cole

The trade in oriental rugs has been going on for a long time, perhaps more than 2000 years! After all, the oldest documented carpet, housed in The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, was excavated in the Altai Mtns of Siberia, but was probably woven in Persia. How did it get … read more

ICOC Istanbul 2007 Academic Program

The detailed – and impressing – academic program for the International Conference on Oriental Carpets has just been released by Alberto Boralevi, Chair of the Academic Committee. The themes for the 16 sessions are Central Asia, Turkish Carpets (2 sessions), Textiles, Archaeology, Costumes, Europe & Oriental Carpets, Technical Features, Caucasian Carpets, … read more

Animal Trappings of Tibet by Thomas Cole

The mere mention of ‘nomadic’ weaving in Tibet used to raise the ire of many a Tibetophile in past years. Still there is a sub-conscious (if not, at times, overt) refusal to embrace a nomadic origin for some Tibetan weavings. The very fact that the so-called “warp faced back” weaving … read more