Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt

Detail of hanging or curtain
Hanging or curtain (detail), Eastern Roman Empire, Egypt or Turkey, 4th to 5th century. The Textile Museum 71.118. Acquired by George Hewitt Myers in 1950.

August 31, 2019–January 5, 2020

In the early medieval era, the eastern Mediterranean’s palaces, villas, and sacred spaces were richly decorated with hangings, curtains, and other luxury fabrics. Bringing together rarely displayed artworks from the fourth to the twelfth centuries, this exhibition will reveal how textiles infused warmth and beauty into Egypt’s interior spaces. Co-organized with the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. 

Museum members are invited to preview Woven Interiors on Friday, August 30, 11 AM–5 PM. You can join or renew a membership online or call Danielle Tyson at 202-994-5242. 

Support for this exhibition and its accompanying catalogue is provided by Elisabeth French, Norma and Ted Lonoff, the Markarian Foundation, and Roger and Claire Pratt.

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