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Treasures of the Black Tent: Antique tribal rugs and dowry weavings of the Persian and Asian nomads
Brian MacDonald
Wednesday 21 November 2018

The audience is taken on a journey beginning in Outer Mongolia in the 5th century BC and follows the 11th century migrations from Turkmenistan, the cradle of weaving, into the Caucasus, Persia and Afghanistan. They will be introduced to the nomadic tribes of these countries and their woven rugs, carpets and dowry bags, with particular emphasis on those of the 19th century and earlier. These tribal weavings illustrate the skill of the women who produced exquisite works of woven art, using vegetable colours and age-old designs whilst living and travelling in primitive conditions and hostile landscapes.  

The tribal weavings of the 19th century and earlier represent the pinnacle of achievement and wonderful free expression of the art of the weaver.

Today, these weavings are highly desirable and collectable works of woven art.

Session 1: The first hour will be a power-point lecture followed by a break. 

Session 2:  A question and discussion period based on the talk. Brian will bring a good selection of pre-1900 rugs and weavings with him related to the talk and they will be available for further discussion and a hands-on experience.

Session 3: Members are encouraged to bring along their own rugs, and in particular tribal rugs,  so that after lunch Brian can tell them what they have, discuss natural v synthetic colours and of course restoration if necessary.

Cost £40 to include a light lunch. Tickets from Jane Morgan.