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06 February 2018Treasures of the Black Tent - Antique Tribal Rugs and Dowry Weavings of the Persian and Central Asian Nomads
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Treasures of the Black Tent - Antique Tribal Rugs and Dowry Weavings of the Persian and Central Asian Nomads Brian MacDonald - Dealer and consultant in antique oriental rugs and carpets Tuesday 06 February 2018

Tuesday, 6th February 2018 10.30 am to 3.00 pm to include a light lunch.  Coffee will be served from 10.00 am.

On our Special Interest Day we will be taken on a journey beginning in Outer Mongolia in the 5th century BC and follow the 11th century migrations from Turkmenistan, the cradle of weaving, into the Caucasus, Persia and Afghanistan. We 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 expressions of the art of the weaver.

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

Tickets for this event will be on sale from 9.30 a.m. at the January 2018 meeting.