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.
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 »
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 »