Member Program: Technical Aspects of Anatolian Kilims

A young woman with dark hair holds a tool over a textile lying flat on a table. She is wearing a white lab coat.
Callie Jerman uses an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer to look for iron mordants in a kilim, which indicate the presence of natural dyes. Photo by Cara Taylor/the George Washington University.


Woven by women to adorn tents and camel caravans, kilims are enduring records of life in Türkiye’s nomadic communities. In this virtual program, Megalli Conservation Research Fellow Callie Jerman shares how her technical analysis of kilims from the Murad Megalli collection is expanding our knowledge of 18th- and 19th-century nomadic community lifestyles in Anatolia. Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody provides context on this distinctive weaving tradition.   

About Sumru Belger Krody

Sumru Belger Krody joined The Textile Museum in 1994 and was appointed senior curator in 2011. Specializing in textiles from the late antique era and Islamic world, Krody has curated numerous exhibitions and authored exhibition catalogs, articles and book chapters. She is also editor-in-chief of The Textile Museum Journal. Krody holds degrees in classical archaeology from Istanbul University and the University of Pennsylvania.

About Callie Jerman

Callie Jerman joined the museum in 2022 as the Megalli Conservation Research Fellow. She holds a master's in textile conservation from the University of Glasgow and trained as a biological engineer and polymer chemist at the University of California, Stanford University and Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include the intersection of technical art history, conservation science and scientific justification for conservation treatments.

How to Participate

This program is for museum members and will take place on Zoom. If you are already a member, please register online, and we will email you the Zoom link and instructions. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (1 p.m. EDT / 10 a.m. PDT). If you are not currently a member, you can join or renew online.

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