Virtual Rug Morning: The Tree of Life Motif

Very early on, and almost universally, trees became an iconic symbol of the universe. Representations of trees were incorporated into objects of importance within different cultures in a variety of media, including textiles of all kinds. Join independent scholar Christine Brown for a virtual discussion of the tree of life motif and the accompanying design elements that differentiate it from a simple tree.  

About Christine Brown

Christine Brown earned a degree in anthropology, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, and spent a career working on international development projects in Africa and Asia funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. These experiences gave her an enduring interest in the material culture of traditional societies around the world. Brown has co-curated three exhibitions of ethnic jewelry at the former Bead Museum in Washington, D.C., and lectured on textile-related topics at the Mingei International Museum, Asian Arts Council in San Diego, and to textile collecting groups in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.  

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. Space is limited, so we encourage you to sign up early. 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 (11 a.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

Our regular attendees know that Rug Mornings typically include a show and tell of textiles brought in by participants. In order to simulate this experience virtually, we invite you to submit high-resolution photographs of pieces from your personal collection that fit our theme. Please send your images to us at [email protected] by Thursday, August 13, to be considered (keep in mind that we may not be able to accommodate all submissions). Please include nformation about where your piece was made, its approximate age, and any interesting details, and indicate if you would like your name to be mentioned.

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. You are invited to share related pieces to include in a show and tell. In honor of Harold M. Keshishian