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Dr. Jon Thompson

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Former May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Khalili Research Centre at the University of Oxford

Jon Thompson is a noted scholar in the field of textile arts. From 2001 to 2007, Thompson held the position of May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Khalili Research Centre at the University of Oxford. In this capacity, Thompson directed the Beattie Carpet Archive, working toward the establishment of a database of images and notes on carpets made by May Hamilton Beattie (1908-1996) in order to make her research available to scholars. His work also involved teaching courses on carpets and textiles of the Islamic world at Oxford University and the British Museum. Thompson continues to teach part-time at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

In 2008 Thompson was guest curator of an exhibition celebrating the 75th anniversary of the New York-based Hajji Baba Club, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious rug and textile collecting group. The exhibition was on view at the New York Historical Society through August 17, 2008 and appeared at The Textile Museum as Timbuktu to Tibet: Rugs and Textiles of the Hajji Babas. Thompson was awarded the George Hewitt Myers Award by The Textile Museum in 2008 in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of textile arts.