Virtual Rug Morning: Color Theory for Oriental Rug Lovers

Join us online on Saturday, June 6, for the first virtual program in our Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning series. In this session, longtime collector Wendel Swan will introduce you to color theory, and help you better understand your physiological reactions and attractions to color.

About this Program

Oriental rug and textile lovers often repeat the mantra “color, color, color” when describing what is most appealing about what they collect or admire, but few appreciate how complex the topic of color really is. Color theory is the ancient science and art of using color based upon how humans perceive it. There is clear evidence that the concept was understood and used in weaving textiles at least 2,000 years ago, but topical writing begins with Leonardo da Vinci.

Applying principles of color theory, collector and museum trustee Wendel Swan will demonstrate how the selection and juxtaposition of colors in textiles and other art forms lead us to perceive and appreciate colors in ways that are entirely different than what we might imagine.

About the Speaker

Wendel Swan has actively collected rugs and textiles since 1968 and has lectured at various rug societies, conferences, and museums throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and in Asia. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, and is chair of the executive committee of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets.

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. ET). 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, June 4, to be considered (keep in mind that we may not be able to accommodate all submissions).

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

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