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In this issue Issue Autumn

Compass Editorial The role of the collector in the art world is brought into sharp focus

Dialogue and Calendar Istanbul Carpet Week, the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award, The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection, an online exhibition of Asafo flags and Calendar

Diary The editor’s pick of exhibitions, auctions and events for the next quarter

Thread of time Rachel Meek Two Islamic textiles with talismanic properties: a Turkish prayer rug and a Nigerian robe

Travellers’ tales Anthony Hazledine A personal celebration of the work of photographer Edward S. Curtis and his legendary images

P r o fi l e Malin Lonnberg Collectors Helmut and Heidi Neumann share the same taste and instinct for the world’s finest textiles

Anatomy of an object We look closer at a Caucasian silk jajim to shine a light on one of the most carefully crafted but often overlooked woven arts of the region

Common thread A diverse group of pieces shows how honour can sometimes be overtly depicted and personified in textiles, conveyed through gifts and donations, as well as encoded in their function and design

Features Sheikh Saoud Sheikh Saoud Al Thani and Michael Franses The late Sheikh Saoud Al Thani was responsible for assembling a remarkable collection that forms the basis of the permanent holdings of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. A new exhibition celebrates his life and the objects he collected

Doors of Zanzibar Markus Voigt Rugs and kilims from the Johannes and Christine Kinzl collection

Steppes into the past Elena Tsareva Weaving treasures and archival material from Turkmenistan held in the Kunstkamera Museum in St Petersburg throw light on the Khorasan Baluch

Proverbs on parade Duncan Clarke An informed overview of Ghana’s Asafo flag tradition on the eve of a new online exhibition of African textiles

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