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Autumn 2014 / Issue 181

Autumn 2014
Issue 181

Japan’s Fukuoka Art Museum
Iban Dayak textiles
The ‘cache-sexes’ of the Kirdi in Cameroon
Tibetan rugs
Middle Amu Darya prayer rugs
AND much much more!

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Editorial: Reflections on events in Vienna and the future of the rug and textile appreciation

Dialogue: Anatolian kilims and ceramics rub shoulders in Germany; kimono-time in the USA; Salor record in Austria Auction Company’s third sale; new museums open in Baku, Geneva, Toronto and Milan; changes to the Carpet Design Awards

Diary: A selection of international must-see events

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

Thread of time: A 19th-century Welsh patchwork and a 20th-century Moroccan rug, reusing discarded material in very different circumstances

Travellers’ tales Rachel Meek A broad sweep of world history is encountered in Vienna and Budapest on the ICOC and TKF Tour

Interview James McDougall  A conversation with the late, Joe Hajioff, London- based veteran carpet dealer, looking at his Jewish roots and connections with Scotland

Comment Ben Evans The controversial new installation of carpets from the collection of the MAK in Vienna has generated strong opinions. Following a recent visit, HALI’s editor tries to separate the substance from the sound and fury

Anatomy of an object Raoul E. Tschebull A southwest Caucasian Kazak village rug has elements that seem to support the early interwoven Arabic date inscription


How the exotic became familiar Etsuko Iwanaga The exhibition ‘Ages of Sarasa’ at Japan’s Fukuoka Art Museum deliberately applies the term loosely in order to weave together a thousand years of fabric history. The show’s curator outlines its scope and explains how several cultures fed into an ongoing tradition

Tibet’s tradition in indigo Thomas Wild Tibetan rugs have been regarded as existing outside the main traditions of carpet weaving. This, the most complete possible account of manufacture in this region, looks at their distinct identity and their place in the jigsaw of textile history

Girding the loins of the Kirdi Michael Oehrl Though relatively easy to find and collect, the elaborate ‘cache-sexes’ of the Kirdi in Cameroon seem only sparsely represented in textile literature. However, there is evidence of a remarkable continuity of production

Showing a bit of mussel Brigitte Khan Majlis & Anne Sicken An unfamiliar and intriguing type of shiny gold-coloured thread discovered in certain Iban Dayak  textiles turns out to be shellfish-derived byssus fibre

Pattern of islands Ruth Barnes The Curator of Yale’s Department of Indo-Pacific Art introduces the current exhibition of artefacts from Indonesia and New Guinea. Though the designation ‘East of the Wallace Line’ is based on a zoological rather than cultural division, the region is united by a taste for complex geometric design

Happy squares Hans König A connoisseur’s view of antique square pile mats with a difference, from the Tarim Basin in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region


Exhibition reviews 

‘The Eye of the Needle’, the long-awaited first public exhibition of the Feller Collection of 17th-century English embroideries at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; ‘Woven Languages’: Indonesian ikat textiles from the Peter ten Hoopen Collection at the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon; Jewish gold-embroidered hangings ‘saved for the nation’ by the Rothschild Foundation housed in Waddesdon Manor, an English National Trust property; ‘Ottoman Art, 1450–1600. Nature and Abstraction: A glimpse beyond the Sublime Porte’, a loan exhibition at a historic palace in Genoa; a curatorial  overview of ‘From Ashgabat to Istanbul’ at the Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto

Book reviews 

A study of the use of woven bags by settled Turkish nomads across four decades: Bergama Heybe ve Torba. Traditional Bags of the Yürüks in Northwest Anatolia. Observations from 1970 to 2007 is reviewed by Michael Buddeberg

Market report 

In recent months Middle Amu Darya prayer rugs have been seen in unusually large numbers in London’s auction houses. Ralph Kaffel reviews their track record as sale items

Auction price guide 

Extensive reports from Austria Auction Company’s second sale of Fine Antique Oriental Rugs from March 2014, and Rippon Boswell’s sale in May 2014; plus carpet highlights from Sotheby’s New York, Skinner in Boston and Christie’s London, with textile results from Christie’s South Kensington

Last page  

The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts has acquired a collection of 18th-century chintz textiles made for export, due to be exhibited in 2016. Also, a preview of what will be in the next edition of HALI

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