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Chinese Carpets in the V&A

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Part of the continuing series of In-Depth archive articles from early issues of HALI. Here the King, Pinner & Franses team focus on the Chinese carpet collection in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. First published in HALI 5/2, 1982. To read the article, please click here   

East Mediterranean Carpets in the V&A

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The third of HALI’s occasional series of in-depth articles on the carpet collections of London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, on the Mamluk, Cairene Ottoman and other classical East Mediterranean types, was published in 1981 in HALI 4/1. The collection is introduced by Keeper of Textiles Donald King, and the carpets are discussed and analysed by… Read more »

Turkoman Rugs in The Victoria & Albert Museum, by Robert Pinner & Michael Franses

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The first of the extended series of in-depth HALI articles on the Oriental carpet collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum, by HALI’s then editors Robert Pinner and Michael Franses, with an introduction to the history of the collection by the V&A’s Keeper of Textiles, Donald King, was published in HALI 2/4, 1980. To read… Read more »

The Qaraqalpaq Dialectic: Qaraqalpaqs of the Aral Delta: The Right to Reply

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In HALI 175 (Spring 2013, pp.124-127), Andrew Hale reviewed David and Sue Richardson’s ‘encyclopaedic’ new book, Qaraqalpaqs of the Aral Delta. The full version of his review was published on this site.  Here the Richardsons address what they consider to be serious flaws in the reviewer’s assessment. An abridged version of this detailed rebuttal appears in… Read more »

Caucasian Carpets in the Victoria & Albert Museum, by Donald King, Michael Franses & Robert Pinner

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In the late 1970s and early 1980s, HALI published an occasional (and still incomplete) series of articles featuring and analysing in-depth the carpet collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. The history of the collection was written by Donald King, the then Keeper of Textiles at the museum, and the rugs were analysed… Read more »

Lyon, Splendours in the City of Silk. 4: The remaining Classical Carpets, by Ian Bennett

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The third of Ian Bennett’s in-depth articles on the  Oriental carpet collection at the Musée Historique des Tissus in Lyon, France was published in HALI 35 (1987). The article features the non-Persian holdings of 16th and 17th century classical carpets – from Spain, Egypt, Turkey, India, East Turkestan and China. To read ‘The Remaining Classical… Read more »

Lyon, Splendours in the City of Silk. 3: The Safavid [Carpet] Masterpieces, by Ian Bennett

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The  second of Ian Bennett’s in-depth articles on the  carpet collection at the Musée Historique des Tissus in Lyon, France was published in HALI 34 (1987). In  he  discusses the remaining holdings of 16th and 17th century classical carpets from Safavid Persia at the MHT, with additional comment extracted from the writings of the late… Read more »

Lyon, Splendours in the City of Silk. 2: Ten Safavid [Carpet] Masterpieces, by Ian Bennett

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In the first of his three in-depth articles on the extraordinary carpet collection at the Musée Historique des Tissus in Lyon, France, published in HALI 33 (1987) Ian Bennett discusses ten 16th and 17th century classical carpets from Safavid Persia, with additional comment extracted from the writings of the late Kurt Erdmann. To read ‘Ten… Read more »

Lyon – Splendours in the City of Silk: 1. Textiles, by Georgina Adam

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In the mid 1980s HALI published a series of four articles on the textiles and carpets in the collection of the Musée Historique des Tissus (MHT) in Lyons, France.  The first article, by Georgina Adam, in HALI 32, focused on a select handful of the historical textiles in Lyon, the following three, by Ian Bennett,… Read more »

Caucasian ‘Shield’ Carpets by Michael Franses and Robert Pinner, 1978

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Caucasian Shield Carpets’ by Robert Pinner and Michael Franses, published in 1978 in the inaugural issue of HALI magazine, remains to this day the definitive study of these 17th and 18th century carpets with variants of the classical shield palmette design.


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