HALI London Review
Highlights from HALI London including the HALI Fair, Events, Lectures and Tour
Celebrating 40 years and 200 editions of HALI magazine, HALI London was the first London festival devoted to the art and history of textiles. Four unique elements came together to form the week-long celebration. The HALI Fair, Events, Symposium and Tour offered attendees the chance to look at textiles—symbols of wealth and status that have been traded across continents for centuries—as the key to unravelling complex cultural narratives.
Twenty of the best international dealers offered a wide range of vintage and antique textile art, from important collectors’ pieces to more affordable decorative items at London’s Mall Galleries HALI Fair. Pieces exhibited included Berber rugs from Morocco, suzani embroideries and ikat textiles from Central Asia, West African prestige cloths and Tunisian indigo shawls, as well as fine Persian and other oriental carpets, tribal rugs, kilims and unique handmade artefacts from all corners of the globe.
HALI London goers attended guided visits in and around London to view carpets and textiles in museum archives and private collections. The programme also included a film screening, talks, workshops and other events.
The programme involved two full-day symposia, each with twelve lectures by international museum specialists, scholars and academics.
A HALI Tour followed HALI London, offering exclusive access to outstanding rugs and textiles in ‘Great British Collections’.
HALI 200, the anniversary issue, was given out at the HALI Fair and is now available here!