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Member Program: Origins of Girih Medallions in Carpet Design

Detail of Mamluk cover
The Textile Museum 73.221


In this virtual talk, Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody will explore the origins of the girih medallion—an Islamic decorative art form of pointed stars—in carpet design. The details of when and where this style was introduced in carpets are debated by scholars. In her talk, Krody will help piece together the history of girih iconography through new research on a 13th-century Mamluk cover in The Textile Museum Collection.

About Sumru Belger Krody

Sumru Belger Krody joined The Textile Museum in 1994 and was appointed senior curator in 2011. She is editor in chief of The Textile Museum Journal. Born in Izmir, Turkey, Krody specializes in textiles from the late antique era and from the Islamic world. She has curated or co-curated 13 exhibitions, and authored or co-authored seven exhibition-related publications, along with numerous articles and book chapters. Krody holds a bachelor’s degree in classical archaeology from Istanbul University and a master’s in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Textile Society of America and Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens.

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining our program online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also ask to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

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