News: June 2013

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    Search for the Unicorn at the Cloisters, New York

    To mark the 75th anniversary of the Cloisters in New York and 75 years of the Unicorn Tapestries being a focal point of that collection, the Cloisters is currently holding an exhibition ‘Search for the Unicorn, An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary’

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    Eye-Catching Kilims at Netherhampton, 10 July 2013

    Netherhampton Salerooms’ auction of Carpets, Rugs and Textiles in Salisbury, England on 10 July 2012 includes the the second part of a European private collection of kilims, mainly Anatolian.

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    Flora Islamica. Plant Motifs in the Art of Islam in Copenhagen

    For over a millenium, plant motifs in the form of vines, leaves, flowers, fruits, and trees were among those most frequently used in the art of the Islamic world. Many of these works were created in the hot, barren regions of the Middle East, and the lush Paradise as described in the Qur’an would have appealed to the Muslim artists.

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    More Clark Classical Carpets from SNY’s Record Breaking 5 June Sale

    The world record setting Clark sickle leaf Kerman carpet, the massive Lafoes Esfahan, and the extraordinarily rare and beautiful Cairene round carpet, have hogged the headlines, but there were also another 22 lots sold for astonishing prices in Sotheby’s 100% successful sale of Classical Persian, Egyptian and Indian carpets in New York on 5 June.

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    Save the Tropenmuseum!

    As the public face of the Royal Tropical Institute, the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam is one of Europe’s leading ethnographic museums and is set to close…

  6. The Lafões Esfahan carpet (detail), central Persia, second half 17th century. 44ft. 3in. x 14ft. 2in. (13.49 x 4.32m.). Sotheby’s New York, 5th June, lot 19, estimate, $800,000 - 1,200,000, sold $4,645,000 USD .jpg.thumb.385.385

    New world record for a carpet sold at auction

    A superb 17th century carpet from Persia leads a record breaking auction of carpets at Sotheby’s New York, selling for $33m, and putting rugs in the same collecting category as Old Master and Modern paintings

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    Summer Olympia 2013 – Rugs, textiles and tribal art

    Exhibitors with items of special interest to HALI readers in the wide-open spaces of this year’s summer Olympia fair in London, until 16 June, include Galerie Arabesque (Ulrike Montigel), Esther Fitzgerald, Clive Loveless, Tribal Gathering (Bryan Reeves), Johanna Booth, Gallery Yacou, Brian Macdonald and Potterton Books,


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