Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors
Woven Splendor celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Hajji Baba Club, the nation's oldest and most prestigious rug collecting club. The show chronicles the history of this New York-based group while examining the history of the Oriental rug in New York. Featured are approximately 75 objects belonging to current Club members, including rugs, costume and other Near Eastern/Central Asian textiles. The thematic exhibition explores how rugs were produced and used in their countries of origin, as well as how Americans initially understood these objects. In addition to textiles, the show incorporates photographs depicting Oriental rugs in the homes of club founders in the early 20th century and images revealing how such objects were originally made available through galleries and World's Fairs. This exhibition and the accompanying catalogue, written by noted rug scholar Dr. Jon Thompson, presents some of the world-renowned oriental carpets and textiles collected by members.