Rugged Beauty: Antique Carpets from Western Asia
December 18, 2022 - May 28, 2023
The stories in Rugged Beauty showcase the living traditions of western Asia, a vast and culturally rich region of the world. Each of the more than forty objects on display were made by hand, predominantly dyed by hand, and hand-woven using the knotted-pile weaving technique. Though the individual identities of the makers are mostly unknown, the rugs’ designs of rich colors, intricate patterns, and complex symbols reveal a deep history of trade, diplomacy, and cross-cultural exchanges between what is now Turkey, Iran, and the Caucasus from the 1500s to the 1900s.