The 13th century Sultahnani Caravansarai, the best preserved one on the Silk Road.
700 years of Turkish carpets
Seljuk & Ottoman architecture
Early Christian churches, stunning nature
Join a unique journey to Turkey with Alberto Boralevi and Stefano Ionescu who will lead an international textile oriented group. During the tour we will visit the best Turkish museums exhibiting carpets and we will have access to rugs from the store rooms. The program covers some of Turkey’s absolute highlights, including several UNESCO heritage sites.
During the tour we will meet museum curators, textile specialists, dealers, weavers, restorers and many friends…
In case of force majeur situations in Turkey the program will be reconfigured, keeping the same dates.
Unique Usahk carpet of rare Turkoman design, Black Church coll. (detail)
Every carpet enthusiast should come at least once to Transylvania… We have been running this tour since 2004 and hundreads of people enjoyed the journey to Romania above expectations… Here are some comments from participants of the past tours.
This year we added an extra day (without increasing the cost of the tour) in order to enjoy the wonderful Saxon villages in Central Transylvania, with the fortified Churches included in the UNESCO heritage list. The presence of the Ottoman rugs in these churches is a fascinating culturual phenomenon.
We also added some unique features like the presence of a talented photographer Eduard Baak from Brasov http://eduardbaak.ro, who will produce an album of the tour. See some of his photos below… Download the brochure of the tour.
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The Chiostro of Monreale, an absolute gem of the 12th c. Arab-Norman architecture
The tour starts with a program in Lombardia, focused on textiles. We will attend Sartirana Textile Show, organised by the Florentine scholar and dealer Alberto Boralevi, which is one of the most important carpet shows in Europe.
Then we will have a wonderful tour in Palermo with some absolute Arab-norman highlights followed by Naples and Amalfitan coast. At the end all the roads lead to Rome.
The tour is desighend for people who travelled already to Italy and wish to see more…
Alberto and Stefano in front of the mid 17th c. Single-niche ‘Transylvania’
A rediscovered knotted friend…
The Single-niche ‘Transylvanian’ was found by Alberto Boralevi in a private collection in Italy. The rug was recorded as nr. 9 in the 1930 inventory of the Rupea/Reps Parish, made by Julius Bielz. Later on the Parish sold some rugs in order to pay for the church repairs. On an old photo of the rug, from the Parish archives, there is the mention “verkauft Tuduc”.
On the 100th anniversary of the Budapest 1914 exhibition, when the ‘Transylvanian’ rugs were brought to the attention of the wider public, it’s time to have a fresh look at this fascinating and controversial group. Today about 400 Turkish rugs of different types are preserved in the Lutheran churches and Museums in Transylvania and Romania. About half belong to the ‘Transylvanian’ group, which is the larges surviving group of 17th cent. Anatolian carpets. Studying this group is fundamental for understanding much of the 18th and 19th century production of Bergama, Demirci, Dazkırı, Gördes, Karapınar, Konya, Kula, Ladik, Milas, Mucur, and even beyond to eastern Anatolia.
Black Church, Braşov a must see for every carpet connoisseur: Ushak, Lotto, ‘Bird’, Cintamani rugs and the greatest ensemble of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs, in outstanding condition.
This is a stimulating program focused on textiles and carpets, based on previous experiences. Our base will be in a most relaxing and hospitable location, in Mortara in the outskirts of Milan. Malpensa or Linate airports are less than one hour drive. We will travel by comfortable private coach and discover some gems of Northern Italy, which are really worth visiting: Como, Pavia, Turin and Milan.
During the tour we will also enjoy delicious meals based on the great culinary tradition of the region. And of course we will also attend Sartirana Textile Show, organised by Alberto Boralevi, which has become one of the major rug and textile events in Europe. This is such a great opportunity for people traveling to Vienna. Click to download the brochure. For further info or to register please contact email@example.com
from the collection of the Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu (Gdańsk 2013)
This is the accompanying catalogue of the major exhibition of Gdansk (November 2013 – February 2014). The work is a tribute to the beauty of the Anatolian rugs in the Brukenthal Museum and of the Churches in Transylvania where they survived:
Foreword by Bishop Reihart Guob, Bishop of the Evangelic-Lutheran Church in Romania;
Ottoman Rugs and the Evangelic-Lutheran Church of the Transylvanian Saxons by Pastor Kilian Dörr & Frank-Thomas Ziegler (Custodian of the Brukenthal Collections);
The Protestant Churches of Transylvania and the Ottoman Rugs by Stefano Ionesc;
History of the carpet collection of the Brukenthal National Museum by Dr. Alexandru Sonoc;
The book is illustrated with the best photos ever published about this textile treasure:
24 full page photos of Anatolian rugs exhibited in Gdańsk;
other 21 photos of rugs and fragments of the Brukenthal collection;
4 great rugs sourced in Transylvania now in Museum collections;
30 photos of Lutheran Churches in Transylvania;
2 paintings showing Anatolian rugs;
detailed notes and a new theory of the design origins of the ‘Transylvanian’ group;
196 pages, hardbound.
“….an excellent piece of work and a genuinely beautiful book. I am very appreciative of good work.” Jon Thompson
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24 highly important Anatolian rugs from the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu will be on display at the National Museum of Gdańsk from 16th November, 2013 to 16th February, 2014.
It is the first time after Budapest 1914 that all the best examples (dating from early 16th to mid-18th century) of the leading museum in Transylvania will be again on display: ‘Holbein’, ‘Lotto’, white-ground Ushaks and a wealth of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs.
The opening ceremony will be Saturday 16th November, 2013 at 6 pm.
Sunday, 17th November at 11 there will be a guided visit of the exhibition followed by a lecture held by Stefano Ionescu.
For those who love classical carpets I think is a “once in the century” event! Most probably the exhibition will increase the desire of rug enthusiasts to visit Transylvania !
Hope this will be a great start in connection with Budapest 2014!
Transylvania continues to be the repository of the richest and best-preserved group of small format Turkish rugs outside the Islamic world: almost four hundred examples (including fragments) attributable to the golden period of Ottoman weaving.
We will discuss how and from where the rugs arrived and why they entered the patrimony of the Protestant Churches and led to the ‘Transylvanian miracle’.
Then we will visit some Church collections with an eye to the best examples, ranging from the late 15th to early 17th centuries: Ushaks, Holbeins, Lottos, Selendis and a wealth of Transylvanian rugs.
Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH
Entrance round the corner in Barter Street.
Doors open from 6.0pm. Drinks and snacks are served.
The passione collector and dealer Norbert Hauser, running Buhara carpet galleries in Bucharest and in Sibiu (Transylvania) will be exhibiting 19th century rugs from Anatolia, Caucasus and Romania in BERLIN Hektorstasse 9 / 10.
The program takes advantage of Alberto Boralevi’s previous trips to the region and also from the cooperation with Dr. Roya Tagieva of the Carpet Museum in Baku. As usually on my tours we will see carpets and textiles, meet weavers and very nice people, visit some of the most significant places in the region. At the moment we have 15 participants from Europe and US and we plan to take 25 pax. Time to take a decision is very short. Participants who can spend more time will be assisted to visit other regions. Join a new carpet adventure!
The inaugural HALI Art and Culture Tour will take participants on a unique journey through a pristine landscape, visiting not only the repositories of grand carpets, but also first-rate folk-art museums, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning medieval towns, Royal castles and more.
A new revised and expanded edition of the Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc will be presented in Berlin, at the Volkmann-Treffen 2012. It is based on a large body of examples attributable to the workshop of Teodor Tuduc and his entourage together with authentic examples, which served as prototypes for his forgeries.
The 2015 edition of the Study Tour to Transylvania & Bukovina was organised in cooperation with Carpet Collector magazine. This is a very special moment for the country since Klaus Johannis, formerly the major of Sibiu, has been elected President of Romania. We visited the most attractive places in and around Bucharest, in Transylvania and in Bukovina: art museums, fortified churches, painted monasteries, Royal palaces, medieval castles and pristine nature in the Carpathians. We also meet Lutheran pastors, Orthodox priests, art collectors, museum curators, scholars and restores. Guiding by top experts on Ottoman Classical Carpets (over 200 examples), Romanian folk kilims and textiles, post Byzantine embroideries.
“Thank you so much for a truly wonderful trip. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. You are a fabulous host and guide. We look forward to going on another adventure with you one day.Thank you again for all your time, energy and enthusiasm. A bientot I hope,”
Mary Jo Otsea
“Thank you Stefano — and many, many thanks for your organisation and generosity on the tour — it was just great. It’s seldom that a totally new perspective and depth of inquiry on an “established” group comes up — and I think you’ve given the carpet world just that. I feel very fortunate to have benefited from your hard work and vision.
Along the Silk Road: join a new adventure starting on April 19 in Tashkent: this is the best time to visit Samarkand, Bukhara; the tour will cover the main Islamic treasures of Uzbekistan avoiding long bus journeys. International textile oriented group, great hospitality, fusion food, all meals included.
Transylvania continues to be the repository of the richest and best preserved corpus of small-format Turkish rugs outside the Islamic world. Almost 400 examples from late 15th to mid 18th century, including the golden period of the Ottoman production, still survive in the area. On the top, almost 200 examples, which are today in European and American collections can be traced back to Transylvania READ MORE »
This was an unusual tour which, based on personal experiences. We all met in Sartirana the day of the Preview of the Textile Show organised by Alberto Boralevi. Download the brochure of the tour: TRIP TO ITALY SEPTEMBER 2011
“Ekaterina Ermakova and I would like to thank you for the amazing trip to Romania. We both enjoyed it a lot. Every day we discovered something new, either learned about Transylvanian rugs or enjoyed an organ concert, or visited a wonderful museum. Thank you for putting together this rich educational and entertaining program. A variety of our activities was the most pleasant and your good-natured and strong leadership allowed us to fulfill the program without missing a single event or sight. We both have been enchanted by Romania, its beautiful nature, culture and people. We find the trip very useful for everybody interested in rugs and will recommend it to our friends and colleagues. ”
Thank you again
Curator, Collection and Research
Textile Museum of Canada
Dozens of Romanian folk kilims (scoartze) and almost 300 Ottoman rugs from late 15th to 18th century, in the Lutheran Churches and the Museums of the region, including examples in the store-rooms.PleasecontactStefano Ionescu.
On behalf of ACOR (American Conference on Oriental Rugs) Stefano Ionescu was invited for a 3 weeks speaking tour of the major Rug Societies in US: Philadelphia, Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles.
Ghiordes prayer rug, West Anatolia, about 1700, 5ft.1in. x 3ft.9in, wool on wool, lazy lines. Light wear, a few scattered areas of old repiling. For its design, colours and proportions this is a great example of that particular type of West Anatolian prayer rugs, dating from the beginning of the 18th century, highly sought after by collectors. RUG SOLD.