Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia
September 20, 2013 - January 6, 2014
Curated by Enrico Mascelloni and Annemarie Sawkins, PhD
The international exhibition, Afghan War Rugs: The Modern Art of Central Asia,brings to the United States, for the first time, one of the most distinctive collections of Afghan rugs in the world. The mostly women artists, who created the rugs in this exhibition, abandoned their traditional nonfigurative styles to produce rich pictorial images featuring world maps, portraits of kings, khans and military leaders, along with cityscapes and, of course, armaments. Purchased throughout Central Asia and in Europe, the rugs in this exhibition were selected for their age, exceptional quality, and relationship to the history of war rugs.
The Art of Weaving and Rug Restoration
Thursday, October 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Weaving demonstration and repair by master rug restorer, Rakhoda Beni, Chicago and rug evaluations by Bezhad Shabahang.
Bring a hand-woven rug and your questions.
Sponsored by Shabahang & Sons Persian Carpets Downtown Milwaukee
For more information please visit: The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum