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    Distant Neighbour, Close Memories: 600 years of Turkish-Polish Relations

    As Turkey celebrated her 600-year friendship with Poland – dated from their first recorded treaty in 1414 – Istanbul’s Sakıp Sabancı Museum held an exhibition, recently ended (7 March–15 June 2014), of Ottoman works of art and Polish imitations drawn from both Polish and Turkish collections.  Penny Oakley reports: The exhibits fell roughly into three… Read more »

  2. Salor chuval (detail), 1800 – 1875 at the Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House in Olympia, London. Described by the late Robert Pinner as one of the best Turkmen he had seen in his article about the Turkmen weaving in the V&A (HALI 2/4, see In Depth elsewhere on hali.com). The colour, condition and scale of the design is indeed superlative. 394-1880

    HALI UK Tour 2014 highlights

    The first HALI UK Tour concluded last month. We spent 10 days gaining a privileged, in depth look at the best carpets and textiles in Britain in the good company of just under 20 HALI subscribers.

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    The Abegg-Stiftung, Riggisberg, welcomes visitors from late April to early November

    This year the Abegg-Stiftung, in Riggisberg, Switzerland opens its doors to the public from 27th April to 9th November 2014. In addition to a new special exhibition called ‘Veil and Adornment. Medieval Textiles and the Cult of Relics’ the permanent exhibition, newly interpreted some two and a half years ago, is always worth travelling to see.

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    Thai Textiles in Focus

    ‘Weaving Royal Traditions Through Time’, the first international symposium to take place at the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) in Bangkok, Thailand took place from 5 – 9 November 2013. The event offered special opportunities to see behind the scenes at the new museum and visit private collections of Southeast Asian textiles not accessible to the general public, as well as a post-conference Thai textiles tour.

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    V&A Opens Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House

    The Victoria & Albert Museum’s Clothworkers’ Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion has just opened at Blythe House, near Olympia in west London, offering unprecedented access to the museum’s textiles. Situated on the third and fourth floors, the huge collection now sits amid so much history that it is hard to… Read more »

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    Classical Carpets – Berlin’s War Losses at the Old Mint

    Among the add-ons during the recent BARE antique carpet and textile art fair at the Old Mint in Berlin was an evocative special documentary photo exhibition, ‘Schicksalsnacht im Tresorraum der Alten Münze – Das Ende der bedeutenden Sammlung Bodes’ (Fateful Night in the Vault of the Old Mint – The End of the Important Bode Collection).


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