Virtual Rug Morning: Rugs and Textiles of Morocco

Join us online for a virtual edition of our Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning series. In this session, longtime collector Roger Pratt will journey through a number of rarely seen private collections, highlighting Berber weavings, contemporary rugs, and historical silk embroideries and workshop production.

About this Program

Morocco has recently captured the attention of the rug world. Last summer, Hali Magazine featured Moroccan material in three articles in its special 200th anniversary edition. In the fall, Roger and his wife Claire joined Hali’s carpet and textile tour of Morocco, visiting a number of rarely seen private collections. This program will trace their journey from Casablanca to Fez, Rabat, the Atlas Mountains, and ending in Marrakesh. Along the way, Roger will share highlights of the architecture, scenery, and, of course the textiles—including minimalist Berber weavings, graphic and colorful contemporary rugs, and sophisticated historical silk embroideries and workshop production. Roger will also share examples from his own Moroccan collection, and the program will conclude with a virtual show and tell.

About the Speaker

Roger Pratt is a textile enthusiast, collector, and traveler. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and is a past president of New York’s Hajji Baba Club. Roger and his wife Claire reside in 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, June 25, 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