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Lebanon, Kuwait, Doha & Jordan (optional) – from 29 March, 2019

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By , October 22, 2018

The program is incredibly dense in terms of cultural content: wonderful ancient sites, and two of the best Islamic Art collections in the world: The Al Sabah Collection in Kuwait and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (See Michael Franses, A Museum of Masterpieces, HALI 155) 

In the style of the past tours, we will meet museum curators, reputable dealers, carpet collectors and people who love sharing their knowledge. Food, wine (where possible) and accommodation have been carefully selected. The tour (except for Petra, in Jordan) does not involve walking for long distances.

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First-period Single and Double-niche ‘Transylvanian’ Rugs

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By , July 20, 2018

After the 100th anniversary of the great Budapest exhibition of 1914, when the ‘Transylvanian’ rugs were brought to the attention of the wider public, we had a fresh look at this fascinating and controversial group. According the design they can be divided in 4 main subgroups: Single- and Double-niche rugs (which should be discussed together), Plain-niche prayer rugs and Column rugs. These groups employ peculiar motifs for the borders and for the spandrels which suggest they were produced in different centres in Western Anatolia. The slide below shows the main groups of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs and their population world wide: about 720 examples survived today.

The population of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs, divided by design groups. Today Transylvania is still the region with the higher number of such examples world-wide.

These rugs are all prayer format and reflect the technique of Western Anatolia weavings: wool on wool structure, lazy lines, weft color changes. In many cases we can observe stitched side finishings (which leave exposed weft). The absence of corner solution suggest the weavers did not follow a complete design. All the directional examples (except a couple of rugs) are woven upside-down which is a practical solution for making a well designed arcade. This is a relevant fact, which was somehow overlooked in the past. The upside-down technique is not encountered in Small Ushaks.

Together with the Lottos, the ‘Transylvanian’ rugs represent the largest surviving group of 17th century Anatolian carpets. Studying this group is fundamental for understanding much of the 18th and 19th century rugs of Bergama, Demirci, Dazkırı, Gördes, Karapınar, Konya, Kula, Ladik, Milas, Mucur, and even beyond to eastern Anatolia.

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Transylvania & Bukovina 7-18 June, 2018

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By , January 18, 2018

Unique Usahk carpet of rare Turkoman design, Black Church Collection (detail)

Every carpet enthusiast should come at least once to Transylvania… We have been running this tour since 2004 and hundread of people enjoyed the journey to Romania above expectations…

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NEW BOOK – St Margaret’s Church in Medias: The Monument and the Carpet Collection

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By , December 23, 2017

This book is a tribute to the beauty of St Margaret’s Church in Mediaș, to the treasures of medieval art that it shelters, and the historic Anatolian carpets, donated by parishioners in centuries past. The collection includes Holbein, Lotto, Selendi and so called Transylvanian rugs.  Download the brochure.

Photography Eduard Baak

To order the book or for further informations please contact info@transylvanianrugs.com

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Die Margarethenkirche in Mediasch: Das Bauwerk und die Teppichsammlung

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By , December 23, 2017

Dieses Buch ist eine Würdigung der Schönheit der Margarethenkirche und der mittelalterlichen Kunstschätze, die sie beherbergt, sowie der historischen anatolischen Teppiche, gespendet von Gemeindemitgliedern in vergangenen Jahrhunderten. Brochure.

Bild Eduard Baak, Kronstadt

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HALI Tour to Transylvania & Bukovina, 5-14 June, 2017

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By , November 23, 2017

This was the second HALI tour to Transylvania, led by Stefano Ionescu and by HALI senior Editor Daniel Shaffer. Here are some impressions from two of the participants: Stephanie Douglas and Louise Broadhurst, (both standing in the group photo at St Margaret’s Church in Mediaș):


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Talk in Istanbul

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By , October 2, 2016

Istanbul Carpet Week, 6-9 October, 2016

Here is a short article by Emma Harper, Cornucopia’s online arts editor: http://www.cornucopia.net/blog/istanbul-carpet-conference/

istanbul-carpet-week

 

Transylvania & Bukovina 9-20 June, 2016

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By , September 10, 2015
Unique Usahk carpet of rare Turkoman design, Black Church coll. (detail)

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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Trip to Italy: Lombardia, Palermo, Naples, Rome: 13-25 Sept, 2016

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By , August 17, 2015
Monreale columns

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…

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For further information or to register please contact stefano_ionescu@yahoo.it

A very rare Single-niche ‘Transylvanian’ presented at Sartirana 2015

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By , July 20, 2015

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”.

 

New Title: ANATOLIAN CARPETS

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By , December 7, 2013

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;

Catalogue.

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

To order the book: please contact info@transylvanianrugs.com

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Anatolian rugs exhibited at the National Museum of Gdańsk

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By , October 21, 2013

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!

Talk at ORTS, London, 23rd October 2013

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By , October 16, 2013

Bellini fragment, 16th cent.

 

Tracing the Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania

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.

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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.   

Carpets of a Transylvanian Collector, Berlin 19/09 to 17/10

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By , September 9, 2013

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.

 

 

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Carpet Study Tour to Azerbaijan, starting June 17

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By , May 14, 2013

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!

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HALI Art and Culture Tour to Transylvania and Bukovina, June 6-17

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By , December 19, 2012

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.

                         

 

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Lecture at the Volkmann-Treffen 2012, Berlin

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By , October 15, 2012

Half of the fun would go out of carpet collecting if there were no fakes or forgeries or at least no wrongly attributed pieces… (Kurt Erdmann)

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Handbook of Fakes by Tuduc (4th edition)

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By , September 28, 2012

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.

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Lecture at the Turkish Cultural Foundation: Istanbul, March 16th

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By , March 4, 2012

Tracing the Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania

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 »

DISCOVER TRANSYLVANIA, May, 2011

By , February 5, 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

Natalia Nekrassova
Curator, Collection and Research
Textile Museum of Canada
Toronto Ontario

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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. Please contact Stefano Ionescu.

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HALI 160, 2009: The Ottoman rugs from Bistriţa

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By , July 20, 2009

Moves are at last underway to restore to their rightful home more than fifty Ottoman Turkish rugs taken fromTransylvania to Germany late in WorldWar II by the Saxon parishioners of the Lutheran Church in Bistrita, Romania. Since 1952, the rugs have been held in storage, ‘on loan’ to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg.

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HALI 157, 2008: Lost in Transylvania by Judith Glass

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By , November 23, 2008

HALI 157

Lost in Transylvania by Judith Glass

An amusing account of an eventful tour of Romanian Transylvania, led by Alberto Boralevi and Stefano Ionescu, in search of the the rug collectors’ Holy Grail, seen by the keen eye of  J. Glass, one of the participants.
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SIEBENBÜRGISCHE ZEITUNG, 30 Juni 2008

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By , June 17, 2008

Weltweit einzigartige Sammlung
Stefan Ionescu hat die Siebenbürger Orientteppiche hervorragend dokumentiert

by Dr. Michael Buddeberg

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GHEREH 42, 2007: Mostra al SSM

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By , October 17, 2007

Mostra al Museo Sakip Sabanci di Istanbul

In Praise of God: Anatolian Rugs in Transylvanian Churches 1500-1750

Stefano Ionescu

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PRAGMATICA, Marzo 2007

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By , March 17, 2007

PRAGMATICA, marzo 2007

GLI ANTICHI TAPPETI OTTOMANI DI TRANSILVANIA

Francesca Amirante

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