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Ming Chinese Carpets of the Forbidden City

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Michael Franses tells the remarkable story of his 34-year quest to find the missing 16th-century classical Chinese carpets of the Chinese Imperial household.

Turkish Carpets in The V&A, by Donald King, Robert Pinner & Michael Franses, 1984

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The last in the series of early HALI articles by the team of Donald King, Robert Pinner and Michael Franses on the carpets in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, is an in-depth survey and detailed documentation of the museum’s historical Turkish carpets and fragments. First published in HALI 6/4, 1984. To read the… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Ashtapada – An Indian Silk Carpet In The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, by Michael Franses

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The oldest securely dated complete silk pile carpet from the Muslim world, now in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, is particularly significant in the history of oriental carpets. Its synthesis of patterns casts light on the extensive trade and cultural links across Asia and the Mediterranean region between 1350 and 1450 that enabled… Read more »


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