Planned Events
of the International Hajji Baba Society

*Some programs such as salons and home visits marked with an * are open only to Hajji members and require pre-registration two weeks in advance of the event. Information on location and how to register will be forthcoming.

DATE: Sunday, November 12, 2017
TIME: 3:30pm - 5pm
LOCATION: 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Arlington County Central Library
SUBJECT: 18th and 19th century Turkish Rugs and their Relation to the ‘Transylvanian’ Group
SPEAKER: Stefano Ionescu

It will start with a quick review of the other two groups of ‘Transylvanian’ rugs: Plain-niche and Column Rugs. For each type Stefano will present an inventory with dating elements of the existing 17th century examples, based on a comprehensive survey in public and private collections and in carpet literature. He will trace the remains and the evolution of the motifs of these ‘Transylvanian’ groups in 18th and early 19th century Anatolian rugs: Bergama, Dazkiri, Demirci, Gördes, Kula, Konya, Karapinar, Melas, Mudjur, Ladik and further to the East. During the talk he will try to elucidate if there was a continuation of tradition or just more recent carpet production, inspired by old models. Stefano will also discuss some lesser know transitional examples from the Turkish museum together with some outstanding village rugs.

Those who would like to bring in rugs are welcome to send Stefano photographs of the same so that he can prepare his discussion on them.

Stefano Ionescu, an independent scholar on Oriental carpets, has dedicated nearly twenty years to the study of Anatolian rugs, starting with those that survived in Transylvania. This region continues to be the repository of the richest and best-preserved corpus of small Turkish carpets outside the Islamic world: nearly four hundred examples attributable to the golden period of Ottoman weaving, from the 16th to 18th century.: ‘Holbein’, ‘Ushak’, ‘Lotto’, Selendi and a wealth of so-called ‘Transylvanian’ rugs.

His book titled Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, which was awarded the Romanian Academy Prize in the History of Art, a very rare occurance in the realm of rug literature. In 2011 he received the Joe Mc Mullan award.

Stefano produces high quality Replicas of the originals in Sultanhani, in Anatolia between Konya and Aksaray, employing hand carded, hand spun wool, natural dyes and traditional techniques. It is hoped that parishes will substitute old church-rugs which ought to be carefully preserved in museums for generations to come with these replicas.

For further details about Stefano’s activities in connection to the promotion of the Transylvanian patrimony of Anatolian rugs, please see

Stefano Ionescu’s lecture was made possible through the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York.

DATE: Sunday, February 4, 2018
EVENT: Annual Business Meeting and Pot Luck Dinner

HAPPY HOUR – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

POTLUCK DINNER –Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. The IHBS has been holding successful potluck dinners for many years. Participants should bring a favorite dish that can either be an appetizer, entrée, salad or dessert. Whatever you bring should serve about eight people. The IHBS will provide wine, beer, and some non-alcoholic beverages.

SHORT ANNUAL MEETING –between 7:30 and 8:00 pm. Election of Board of Directors and announcements.

LOCATION: Basement of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Avenue, NW, at the intersection of Ellicott Street and Connecticut Avenue.

SPEAKER: Hillary Steel

SUBJECT: Mexican Ikat Rebozos

DATE: Saturday, March 24, 2018
TIME: 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: Festivals, Fairs & Rituals: Textiles, Costumes and Carpets of the Eastern Grasslands of Tibet
SPEAKER: Cheri Hunter, Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, president and Program Chairman

East of the official Tibetan Autonomous Region, Kham and Amdo are remote, culturally Tibetan districts in China. The landscape consists of snowy peaks and rolling grasslands on the Tibetan Plateau, where nomadic peoples have maintained grazing cultures with sheep and yaks for centuries. Just as at American county fairs and rodeos with cowboys, the Tibetans love to come together for colorful annual festivals and wild horsemanship competitions. Tibetan Buddhist culture, which appears in large regional as well as in smaller local monasteries throughout the grasslands, and which is often mixed with the local animistic shamanic practices, also presents opportunities for seasonal celebrations. In 2006, Cheri Hunter traveled in a group with 4-wheel drive vehicles, photographing these festivals and rituals; her article and photo spread was originally published in HALI magazine (Issue 154.) Although she is not an expert in this area, she will present a photo talk which will emphasize both the local and imported textiles and rugs in use throughout the grasslands, as well as the shaman festivals and horse fairs, where the participants, including the horses, are wearing their best.

DATE: Saturday, April 28, 2018
TIME: 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: "The Ottoman Heritage in Austro-Hungarian Costume and Textiles"
SPEAKER: Joyce Corbett

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

The Textile Museum Calendar

DATE: September 14, 2017-January 14, 2018
LOCATION: British Museum, London
SUBJECT: Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. Feared, loathed, admired – but over time forgotten... Until now.

This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their lifestyle and ferocity has echoed through the ages. Other groups from the Huns to the Mongols have followed in the Scythians' footsteps - and they have even influenced the portrayal of the Dothraki in Game of Thrones. The Scythians' encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice.

Discoveries of ancient tombs have unearthed a wealth of Scythian treasures. Amazingly preserved in the permafrost, clothes and fabrics, food and weapons, spectacular gold jewellery – even mummified warriors and horses – are revealing the truth about these people’s lives. These incredible finds tell the story of a rich civilisation, which eventually stretched from its homeland in Siberia as far as the Black Sea and even the edge of China.

Many of the objects in this stunning exhibition are on loan from the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Scientists and archaeologists are continuing to discover more about these warriors and bring their stories back to life.

More details here and here.

DATE: Through March 2018
LOCATION: Dumbarton Oaks
SUBJECT: Late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains alongside Andean looped and woven garments.
Details can be found here.

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