West to South Asia

Detail of robe, Central Asia
Robe, Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara or Fergana Valley, mid-19th century. Silk, cotton, satin. The Textile Museum 2005.36.33. The Megalli Collection.

The Textile Museum has large, significant holdings of silk textiles woven and embroidered in Spain and the Ottoman, Safavid/Qajar, and Mughal empires from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, including many masterpieces and works that establish unbroken artistic and stylistic changes. The museum’s extensive Central Asian ikat collection—one of the largest in North America—represents the art form's stylistic and technical changes throughout the nineteenth century.

On View

Detail of pillar rug from the museum's collections

Selections from The Textile Museum Collections

You can always find a rotating selection of objects from The Textile Museum collections on view in the museum's lower-level galleries, including many objects that have rarely or never before been displayed.

Expansive Visions: GW Collection Past, Present, Future

Organized by GW's Luther Brady Art Gallery and presented in the museum's lower-level galleries, this exhibition traces GW's history and evolution as a presenter of contemporary art through highlights from the university collection.