Collections

Illustration of 19th-century Washington, D.C.

When not on view in the museum's current exhibitions, the museum's collections are stored offsite at the Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. Explore highlights from these diverse collections online.

The Textile Museum

The Textile Museum’s highly regarded collections of more than 20,000 handmade textiles and carpets from Middle Eastern, Asian, African, and indigenous American cultures represent five thousand years of humankind’s creative achievements in the textile arts. The 20,000-volume Arthur D. Jenkins Library is a leading resource for the study of textiles.

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection documents the formation, development, and history of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding region from the seventeenth to the mid-twentieth century. It includes more than 1,000 remarkable maps, prints, rare letters, newspapers, photographs, and drawings, as well as an extensive reference library.

On View

A Nomad's Art: Kilims of Anatolia

Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Turkey’s nomadic communities, as well as stunning examples of abstract art.

Faig Ahmed: Nonvisual Language

This intimate exhibition introduces new works and installations by acclaimed Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed.

Treasures from the Albert H. Small Collection

A selection of maps, letters, prints, and artifacts on display from the museum’s Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection includes recent acquisitions and rare treasures.

Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of D.C.'s Past

This exhibition examines the evolution of Washington, D.C., through two new panoramic landscape paintings by local artist Peter Waddell and related works.

Detail of artwork by Vernal Bogren Swift

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Textiles 101

Interactive displays allow you to enter the mind of an artist to explore fiber, structure, color, and the creative choices that influence textile design.

Rights and Reproductions

If you are interested in requesting images of works in the museum's collections for publication, contact [email protected].