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: Saturday, September 23, 2017
TIME: 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: Documenting and Digitizing Your Collection
SPEAKER: Susan Laudicina

Susan Laudicina’s experience and training is in art collections management.

Her work for area universities involves accessioning, cataloging and safely storing works of art, especially works on paper. In this informal lecture she will give us practical advice on the following topics: (1) the importance and components of good record keeping; (2) the pros and cons of various collection software programs and which are best suited to individual collectors in general; and (3) which printed and online resources are available to assist individuals in the conservation and display of your textile collections.

DATE: Sunday, October 1, 2017
EVENT: IHBS Annual Picnic
TIME: Noon
LOCATION: To be announced in an IHBS Newsletter

DATE: Saturday, October 14, 2017
TIME: 2 pm - 4 pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: The Coptic Tapestry Albums and The Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet
SPEAKER: Nancy Hoskins

Frescoes, paintings, mosaics, and sculptures from all over the Roman Empire depict distinctive textiles decorated with tapestry, such as those found in Coptic Egyptian burial sites (3rd -7th century A.D.). The colorful ornaments illustrate birds, fish, fruit, flowers, figures, portraits, geometric motifs, religious symbols, and narrative scenes both classical and Christian. The tapestries and other textiles reveal the rich cultural construct of the time and place in which they were created. The lecture will focus on her book about the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet and his connection with the unique collection of tapestry fragments at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington. Slides from her museum research in over fifty museums and a display of her own personal collection of one thousand year old Coptic fragments will be shared.

Nancy Arthur Hoskins, a former college weaving instructor, researched Coptic collections in over fifty museums around the world. She is the author of "Universal Stitches for Weaving, Embroidery, and Other Fiber Arts," "Weft-Faced Pattern Weaves: Tabby to Taqueté" and "The Coptic Tapestry Albums and the Archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet." She has contributed chapters about Egyptian textiles to five other books. Nancy has researched Pharaonic, Coptic, and Early Islamic textile collections in over eighty museums in Canada, England, France, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Peru, and America. She has presented lectures and workshops for national and international guilds, conferences, and universities. Hoskins’ art fabrics have been in solo, group, and invitational exhibits. In 2009 and 2010 she led The Textiles of Egypt Tours, in 2013 presented a lecture at Yale University’s Peabody Museum and in 2015 took a Textile Tour of Peru, taught in England, and exhibited her art fabrics in Oregon. Currently researching and publishing articles on Bronze Age Minoan and Egyptian textile patterns found in paintings.

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.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

The Textile Museum Calendar

DATE: September 9-22, 2017
LOCATION: Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road SE, Washington, DC 20020
SUBJECT: International Textile Exhibit "Rooted in Felt"

DATE: November 3-5, 2017
LOCATION: Hamburg, Germany
SUBJECT: 38th meeting of the International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets
This year, the 38th meeting of the International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets will be held in Hamburg from November 3rd to 5th 2017. There will be lectures on Central Asia discussing miniature painting, ikat weaving, suzani production, and a museum tour to see the Mongol show in town. Details can be found here.

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