Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors 11 April – 17 August, 2008
The exhibition Woven Splendor at the New-York Historical Society celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Hajji Baba Club, the oldest rug club in United States. This Hajji Baba anniversary is the reason why the next American Conference on Antique Rugs & Textiles, ACART 9, will be held in 2009 and not as earlier planned in 2008.
The exhibition will tell the story of this New York based rug club and there will be around 75 rugs, costumes or oriental textiles belonging to club members on display. Photos from the early 20th century depicting Oriental rugs in the homes of the Club founders will also be on display.
The Opening Gala Reception will be on 11 April 2008.
A symposium, connected with the exhibition, will be held 12 April 2008. Among speakers are Jon Thompson, Walter Denny, Thomas Farnham, Daniel Walker, Michael Franses, and Louise Mackie. The speakers will focus on objects woven for domestic purposes and trade from Persia, Turkey, Central Asia, and the Caucasus.
Read more about registration to the Opening Gala Reception, the Symposium, and a Sunday Brunch at www.hajji75.org.
On 13 April there will be a walk-throughs with the curators. On 17 April Mary Jo Otsea will be moderator of a roundtable discussion in a panel of collectors and dealers who will offer expert insights in the complex world of antique rugs and textiles.
The exhibition catalogue is written by Dr. Jon Thompson and will be available April 2008.
Location: The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, telephone 212 873-3400