HALI In-Depth

  1. The Jaipur Garden Carpet

    Three quarters of a century have passed since an early south Persian chahar bagh design carpet of unprecedented size and complexity was discovered in the Amber Palace of the Maharajas of Jaipur. Stored in the city’s Albert Hall Museum, at long last we are able to publish this extraordinary Safavid ‘garden’ carpet in its entirety for the first time.

  2. Elegant Structure: The Pattern of a Collection

    In a lifetime of collecting, Lloyd Cotsen refined his own interests while expanding opportunities for artists and scholars. Throughout, he maintained a fascination for the way objects are constructed—and understood how a mere fragment can reveal the secrets of a complete textile. Lyssa C. Stapleton, curator of the Cotsen Collection, gives an overview of the man and his collections.

  3. Ming Chinese Carpets of the Forbidden City

    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.

  4. Beshir Prayer Rugs, supplement to HALI 181

    In the light of the Marketplace report in HALI 181 (Autumn 2014), which is devoted to Middle Amu Darya region prayer rugs, we republish here Ralph Kaffel’s 2007 article ‘Beshir Prayer Rugs’ (HALI 151, pp.74-83) as well as the online supplement ‘Classification by Design’, first published to accompany that article. Please click the images below to… Read more »

  5. A Sardinian funeral rug at Sartirana 2014

    From HALI 180 On first glance this colourful flatweave looks like a Persian kilim. But, as Alberto Boralevi reveals, it is in fact a rare Italian peasant rug, with a purpose that makes it central to important local rites For its 10th anniversary, the 2014 Sartirana Textile Show (10–14 September) will feature a special loan… Read more »

  6. In Memoriam Ian Bennett

    The late Ian Bennett, HALI’s former Chief Contributing Editor, was a complex and often troubled man of extraordinary talent, intellect, wit, and knowledge – of Oriental rugs and much, much more. Widely experienced in the London art and auction market, and latterly the carpet and textile expert at Netherhampton Auctions in Salisbury, his immense skills as a… Read more »

  7. Paul Nels (1922-2014), interviewed in 1995

    In 1995, to mark half a century in the rug business, the late Paul Nels was interviewed by HALI’s then deputy editor Andrea Marechal. Her brief account, published in HALI 82, captures much of the spirit of a larger-than-life character who was a given on the London antique carpet scene for so many decades.

  8. Marino Dall’Oglio for HALI Magazine

    In memory of the noted Oriental carpet collector, Dr Marino Dall’Oglio of Milan, who passed away peacefully on Thursday, 21st November 2013, we publish here five articles written by him. The first, on ‘White Ground Anatolian Carpets’  was first given as a paper to the 1983 London ICOC, and was published  in 1986 in Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies II:… Read more »


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