April 19, 2015
Reassembling a Persian Beauty
talk by Anna Beselin, Senior Textile Conservator, Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin

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A few years ago the Museum fuer Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg succeeded in purchasing from a private collection half of an early Safavid spiral vine carpet with animals. This fragment is the other half of a fragment that had already been on display in the museum for many years. In a unique collaboration with the Museum fuer Islamische Kunst Berlin’s conservation department, the two fragments are going to be rejoined after several decades of separation. On the occasion of the reopening of the Islamic Gallery in Hamburg in the spring of 2015, the carpet will be presented to the public in its original size and beauty for the first time in many, many years. This talk will give the audience in the United States and Canada an inside view of the restoration, at the same time as persons in Hamburg are first able to see the entire carpet.

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