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In this issue Issue 197 Autumn 2018


Compass 17Editorial Ben Evans sets out the exciting plans for HALI London in June 2019

27Dialogue Ancient Chinese silk fragments at Eskenazi; Indonesian ikat textiles; creating a future for ReWoven; HALI–inspired textile art; Istanbul Carpet Week; textile production in the medieval Mediterranean

30Diary HALI’s pick of the season’s international fairs, exhibitions and auctions

33Calendar Worldwide listings for the next quarter

34Thread of time Rachel Meek The leopard is at the core of two subversive attacks in African textiles from the DR Congo and Ghana

36Travellers’ tales Aaron Nejad The carpet dealer and scholar revisits Ukraine to continue his research into the region’s distinctive and desirable ‘Bessarabian’ kilims

40Profile John Mills, who has been associated with HALI since its inception and is well known for his writings on carpets in paintings, shares how he became interested in collecting and studying carpets

43Comment Dr Jon Thompson offers 5th–4th century bce wool samples from the famous Pazyryk burials in Siberia to an interested textile researcher who can make good use of them

44Anatomy of an object Marcus Voigt The König Khotan compartment medallion rug: a beautiful Tarim Basin carpet with an extremely rare design, soon to be offered at Christie’s London

Features 50The Carpets at ‘Il Montefeltro e l’Oriente Islamico’ Michael Franses A discussion of the historical carpets and their exemplary display in a recent exhibition within a beautiful Renaissance palace in Urbino

70Islamic art & Italian legacies Francesca Leoni Italy’s historic interaction with the Islamic world inspired two ambitious exhibitions in Florence and Urbino this summer

76Natural wonders Sharon Takeda The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has acquired 29 barkcloth paintings from the nomadic people of the Ituri rainforest in Central Africa

80The image of splendour Filiz Cakir Phillip The Aga Khan Museum curator presents a loan installation of five silk lampas fragments made for Christian communities in the high period of Ottoman luxury textile weaving

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