Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

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Saturdays at 10:30 AM

All are welcome to expand their knowledge of the textile arts and meet fellow textile admirers at our ongoing Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings, held Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Speakers include local collectors and experts who share pieces from their own holdings. Visitors are invited to bring in clean, well-vacuumed examples of featured types from their own collections to share with the group. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required. 

Upcoming Programs

Lecture/Show-and-Tell: Swedish Folk Weavings for Oriental Rug Lovers

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - 10:30am

Using textiles and images, museum trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss several important types of rare, distinctive, and handsome Swedish folk weavings made ca. 1700–1850.

Lecture/Show and Tell: A Carpet Potpourri

Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 10:30am

David Zahirpour will share an eclectic mix of carpets from his collection and explain why he cannot part with them.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Historical Clothes from Africa and Asia

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30am

Join collector Steve Price to review why clothing exists and its cultural role, followed by a discussion of examples of African beaded and strip-woven garments.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Afghan War Rugs from the Soviet Invasion to U.S. Drones

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Soon after the arrival of the Soviets in 1979, women in Afghanistan began to weave the violence they encountered in their daily lives into wool rugs. Writer Mimi Kirk will explore the history, context, and meaning of these remarkable objects.

Lecture/Show and Tell: “Frass-tacular!” Textile Conservation for WWII Aircraft Fabric

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 10:30am

Join conservation fellow Meghann Girard for a talk on the collaborative and innovative textile conservation techniques developed at the National Air and Space Museum to treat fabric panels from a World War II bomber.

Lecture/Show and Tell: Japanese Resist-Dyeing Technique

Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 10:30am

Join Jeffrey Krauss, collector of resist-dyed Japanese textiles, for a showcase of these dyeing methods and videos of Japanese craftsmen demonstrating their skills and assisting machinery.

Lecture/Show and Tell: The Dark Side of the Textile Trade

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 10:30am

George Mason University's Louise Shelley will reveal a largely unknown story of crime and state-sponsored criminal trade in this survey of the abuses of the textile trade for both commercial and political objectives.