Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Beauty Within Kazakh and Kyrgyz Yurts

Sat, 10 June, 2023 2:30pm
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Small Kazakh yurt. CC BY-SA 2.0.


Yurts are amongst the earliest dwellings of nomadic peoples across Asia. Tending to appear drab from the outside, they can burst with unexpected color and texture inside. Join Saul Barodofsky at the museum to see and discuss the contents from two intact yurts — one Kazakh and one Kyrgyz — collected in Kashgar, western China in 1983. These original furnishings include textiles, decorative felts, embroideries and wrapped yurt screens. While the yurts themselves have been exhibited previously at the museum, this will be the first solo presentation of the remarkable tribal textiles found inside.

This program is presented in partnership with the International Hajji Baba Society of Washington, D.C. (IHBS). Join in person for the program, followed by a luncheon provided by the IHBS.

About Saul Barodofsky

Saul Barodofsky retired from the tribal textile gallery he owned and operated in Charlottesville, Va., from 1978 to 2018. Specializing in source acquisitions, he made over 120 trips to rug- and textile-producing regions. Over the decades he has frequently presented objects from his personal collection at museum programs.

How to Participate

This program will take place in person at the museum. Space is limited, so please register online to reserve your spot.

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs

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