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, July 17, 2016
EVENT: IHBS Member Show & Tell Part 1
TIME: 2:30pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum

The first Show & Tell will be scheduled for Sunday July 17, 2016 at 2:30 PM and will be a regionally themed event focusing on rugs, kilims, trappings, tent furnishings, and costume from Central Asia; and from the territories of the former Ottoman Empire (including Anatolia, the Balkans, and the Levant). The program will be open to the public but only IHBS members will be able to reserve a slot to show their pieces. The program program will end promptly at 4:30 PM.

Members who wish to participate should contact Tim Hays: to indicate the number and type of pieces they would like to show-and-tell. We request you indicate your willingness to participate and provide the information described above starting June 15 but no later than July 3, 2016, so we can understand how many pieces we will have to show. Tim will maintain a waiting list.

Members who make a reservation are invited to bring three to five pieces from their personal collection be shown during the session. Members are also encouraged to tell the significance of the pieces to their collecting interests. Member presentations will be time limited to eight minutes per person, and the number of participating members will be limited to twelve. We will have an official timekeeper and master of ceremonies to keep the program moving. Questions from the audience are invited, if there is time at the end of the session.

DATE: Sunday, August 14, 2016
EVENT: IHBS Member Show & Tell Part 2
TIME: 2:30pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum

The second Show & Tell event will be held on Sunday August 14, 2016 at 2:30 PM at the TM venue. This event will focus on textiles from Greater Persia (including Afghanistan) and the Caucasus. The program will be open to the public but only IHBS members will be able to reserve a slot to show their pieces. The program will end promptly at 4:30 PM.

DATE: Sunday, October 9, 2016
EVENT: Annual IHBS Picnic
TIME: noon

DATE: Sunday, October 16, 2016
TIME: 2.30pm
SUBJECT: Indonesian Textiles from the Roger Pratt Collection
SPEAKER: Roger Pratt

This talk will feature a variety of textiles from Roger Pratt’s Indonesian collection and will consider design influences and historical context for the pieces presented. Images from textile travels in the region will supplement the presentation.

Roger is a textile enthusiast, collector, and traveler. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum and is the outgoing President of New York’s rug and textile society, The Hajji Baba Club. Roger recently retired from a 32 year career at Prudential Real Estate Investors where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager for a series of large commercial real estate funds on behalf of pension funds. He and his wife Claire now reside in Washington D.C.

DATE: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
TIME: 3.00pm
SPEAKER: Patrick Weiler
SUBJECT: Flatweaves 101
From Alternating Soumak to Zili: The Basic Structures of Oriental Flatweaves

Flat woven items have been cherished by nomadic weavers for their versatility and durable, lightweight construction.Flatweaves are said to predate pile weaving; and although felt may be older than the earliest flatweaves, there is no weaving in the making of felt. Flatweave structures are more complex than the limited varieties of knotted-pile techniques, and complicated flatweave variations can confound both the novice and dedicated collector. Most rug enthusiasts can readily identify the frequently encountered slit-weave tapestry construction of the kilim, with variations of this technique including dovetailed and interlocked tapestry. But beyond recognizing these relatively common kilim structures, many collectors are confused, baffled and bewildered. Quite often, flatweaves are constructed of multiple weaving techniques, complicating their identification and attribution.

This program will discuss the basics of these techniques and present photos and weavings to illustrate them. The most commonly encountered flatweave structures include tapestry, soumak, weft-substitution, brocade, complementary weft weave, warp-substitution, warp float patterning and others.

This presentation is intended to enlighten, educate and increase your ability to identify and attribute the different types of flatweaves and related textiles. Often, their distinct construction techniques can assist in identifying their country, region and tribe of origin. They may also help to determine the usage of the weavings and the physical characteristics that make them suitable for those uses.

Patrick Weiler is the current President and Program Chairman of the STARS (the Seattle Textile and Rug Society,) and has been collecting mostly tribal rugs for over twenty years, with a particular emphasis on Luri pieces. He will bring examples from his collection of flatweaves, and he invites IHBS members to bring examples of all kinds of flat-woven rugs and trappings techniques for show & tell.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

DATE: June 9-20, 2016

Transylvania & Bukovina is a wonderful mix of cultural vestiges and nature; I was so happy to have on the 2015 tour people from Swizerland. Meeting the local Saxon community, especially for those who speak German, is a real highlight. This year we have some unique features like the presence on the tour of a professional photographer of Brasov, (Eduard Baak) who will produce an album of the tour; here are some of his wonderful photos. Here is the link to the brochure.

DATE: June 10-12, 2016

ARTS East 2016, Boston
ARTS East will be returning with a new venue in central Boston!

The show will take place at...
The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the ARTS,
539 Tremont Street, Boston MA 02116.

ARTS Antique Rug & Textile Show is the largest international event of its kind dedicated to genuine antique ethnographic weavings. Our annual San Francisco show is now in its 8th year. This will be our second annual Boston area show, the first at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. Here is the link to the web site

DATE: September 13-25, 2016

In September Stefano Ionescu will have a new edition of the Trip to Italy (13-25 September 2016) in combination with Sartirana Textile Show. This is a wonderful tour designed for who visited already Italy and wants to see more… Here is the link to the brochure

DATE: November 5, 2016

Textile Museum Symposium, and opening of the exhibition "Bingata! Only in Okinawa".

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