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From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections

Date Oct 8, 2014 - Apr 19, 2015
Curated by Natalia Nekrassova

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition will showcase Canadian society’s profound appreciation of different cultural traditions and its deep-rooted interest in faraway countries and cultures. Through the display of rugs from 30 private collections from Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia, and a selection of rugs from the TMC and other museums, the exhibition will explore the history of rug collecting in Canada as well as the relationship between the country’s private collectors and museums.

Additional Information

The history of Canadian collecting practices and cultural context of the Oriental rug production will be visualized in a beautiful display of over 70 distinctive rugs, horse and camel decorations, and tent bands and bags from Central and West Asia – regions well known for the richness of their rug weaving traditions developed by diverse cultures and peoples. With its rich cultural content, From Ashgabat to Istanbul: Oriental Rugs from Canadian Collections will be a window into their complex and ancient traditions, a meaningful access to the diverse and multifaceted Canadian heritage as well as a captivating journey and a rich learning experience for those interested in Canadian history and world cultures, for those familiar with Oriental rugs and those seeing them for the first time.

Related Programs and Events

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TMC 40th ANNIVERSARY SERIES
In conjunction with the exhibition From Ashgabat to Istanbul and the launch of the TMC's 40th anniversary, we are pleased to host Oriental rug specialist Daniel Walker, the former Director of the Textile Museum in Washington and current Chair and Curator of Asian Art and Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Exclusive Cocktail Reception and Dinner with Special Guest and After Dinner Speaker Daniel Walker
Rare Beauty: Thoughts on Oriental Rugs

Wednesday October 8 at 6:30 pm
Tickets $250 per person. To reserve: 416-599-5321 x2246 or development@textilemuseum.ca. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the maximum allowable amount.

Lecture and Reception with Daniel Walker
Collecting Pattern: Exploring the Origins of Oriental Carpet Design

Thursday October 9 at 6:30 pm
General admission $45, TMC Patrons/Members $35. Tickets available online.

Curator’s Tour
Wednesday December 3 at 6:30 pm
Join TMC curator Natalia Nekrassova for an introduction to the significant rugs and weaving cultures featured in this exhibition, with insights into how Canadian social history is reflected in rug collecting practices in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Free with admission.

Haft Paykar: A Tapestry of Tales from a Twelfth Century Persian Romance
Wednesday December 17 at 6:30 pm
Considered a masterpiece of storytelling, the Haft Paykar is an epic romantic poem that tells the story of Bahram Gur, a king of ancient Persia who marries seven princesses, building for them a palace of seven pavilions. Join storyteller Ariel Belavi, whose repertoire derives from the literary traditions of Iran, Turkey and Central Asia, who will recount the tales Bahram heard in his journey to visit each princess.

TMC Members $12, General $15, Full-time students pay-what-you-can. To purchase, call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Ali Riza Tuna: The Art of the Anatolian Kilim
Tuesday February 17 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a rare opportunity to meet Ali Rıza Tuna, independent researcher, collector and rug specialist, for a talk on the aesthetics of the traditional Anatolian kilim in relation to Western art and artists – Impressionism and Abstraction, Picasso and Matisse. This lecture is organized in partnership with the American Conference of Oriental Rugs (ACOR).

FOR Members $10, TMC Members $15, General $20, Full-time students pay-what-you-can. To purchase, call 416-599-5321 x 2228.

Adventurers, Connoisseurs and Dealers: The Rise of Toronto’s Oriental Rug Traders
Wednesday March 11 at 6:30 pm
Join Neil Brochu, Co-ordinator of Collections and Conservation for the City of Toronto, as he traces the Oriental rug trade in Toronto and profiles the personalities and businesses that defined this unique history, shaping the city’s cultural landscape.

TMC Members $8, General $12, Full-time students pay-what-you-can. To purchase, call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Talking Points: Collections, Collecting and Collectors
Wednesday April 8 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a gallery walkthrough and reception with curator Natalia Nekrassova and the collectors who have contributed rugs to the exhibition. Discover the motivations that inspire rug collectors and their contributions to enhancing the public appreciation of the cultures associated with these objects.

TMC Members $20, General $25, Full-time students pay-what-you-can. Advance registration required, to purchase call 416-599-5321 x2228.

Rug, Iran, 17th century, T03.47.11
Prayer rug, Turkey, 19th century, T81.0079
Salt bag, Iran, early to mid 20th century, T86.0785
Rug, Afghanistan, 20th century, T94.2282
Rug, China, Khotan, 19th century, T04.19.11
Rug, Afghanistan, 1980s, T02.13.15
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