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Spring 2015 / Issue 183


Spring 2015
Issue 183

Inside Japan’s Miho Museum
The champion of chintz
Turkmen rug collector Kurt Munkacsi
The Indictor collection of Islamic velvets
The return of HALI to Olympia
and much more!

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Editorial: Daniel Shaffer, HALI’s Executive Editor, considers the new Textile Museum at GWU in Washington DC and the ICOC in the same city during August

Dialogue: A new museum for world cultures opens and tapestries from the Zaleski Collection in Milan; Sotheby’s carpet auctions in London; Classical carpets at Prahlad Bubbar; Bausback at TEFAF

Diary: Our choice of the most important rug and textile events during the next quarter

Calendar: Some of the best fairs, auctions, exhibitions and conferences of the season

Thread of time: Two textiles with links to America tell contrasting stories of intrepid exploration and domestic diligence

Travellers’ tales: Joss Graham A rich variety of textile experiences enhance a recent journey through the museums and markets of Rajasthan and Gujarat

Profile: Sean Singer  The reopening of the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul means that some fine rugs are back on display. But there is much more to come

Comment: Jan Harlan Thoughts about the difference between collectors and romantics when it comes to valuing art

Anatomy of an object: An ornate embroidered coat with a special place among textiles from Kashmir tells a popular tale from Persian literature


Bringing joy through art Yumie Takahashi Japan’s Miho Museum is an architectural marvel and home to many ancient and spectacular artefacts. As it opens for a new season, the museum’s textile curator introduces the collection and its textile treasures, explaining how they express the philosophy of the Miho’s founder

Playing to its strengths Daniel Walker The new Islamic Galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago allow the museum’s highly individual collection to be seen to better advantage. The Institute’s curator explains how an enforced absence has led to a triumphant return

An ear for fine rugs Tom Cole A profile of New York music producer and Turkmen rug collector Kurt Munkacsi, whose collection comes under the hammer in Vienna this May

The champion of chintz Janet C. Blyberg A Dutch family’s determination to keep together an extraordinary collection of Indian chintz has resulted in 170 exceptional pieces travelling from the Netherlands to Massachusetts. The Veldman-Eecen Collection has now arrived at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem

Surface attraction Christine Giuntini When Rina and Norman Indictor began buying Islamic art, they were more interested in metalwork than textiles. However, the gleam of silk and metal thread eventually captivated them. Meet the collectors and their collection of Islamic velvets, currently on show at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco


Exhibition reviews 

Anatolian kilims in Tel Aviv; ‘First Glance – Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection’

Book review 

Kelims und andere Flachgewebe aus der Sammlung Neiriz by Hamid Sadighi Neiriz & Karin Hawkes catalogues The Neiriz Collection of Persian, Turkish and Caucasian kilims, including those shown in a recent exhibition at the Galerie im Volkspark, Halle, Germany. Reviewed by Raoul Tschebull


Market report 

A new specialist rug fair, the sibling of ARTS, launches in New England, while London welcomes the return of HALI to the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. Plus a review of the Tribal and Textile Art Show in San Francisco

Auction price guide 

From Wiesbaden, Cologne, Stuttgart, Vienna, New York, Chicago, London and Stockholm

Last page

A Nazca/Huari discontinuous warp and weft mantle from the Miho Museum and a look ahead to the summer issue of HALI

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