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, February 12, 2017
TIME: 1:45pm
Join William and Martha Bateson for a Tibetan snack
TIME: 2pm - 4pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW
SUBJECT: Secrets of Tibetan Weaving
SPEAKER: Rupert Smith

Rupert Smith will talk to us about Tibetan carpets as described in his book Secrets of Tibetan Weaving: The Greensmith Collection. Topics will include the origins of Tibetan weaving, looms and techniques, the making of Tibetan rugs, Chequer rugs (Shomig), cushions, Gampa Dzong carpets, Gyantse carpets, horse trappings, and Wangden monastic carpets. Rupert may bring 19thC Tibetan rugs and an example of an early silk road Tibetan Imperial period (660-770AD) silk as well for study purposes.

Rupert Smith is from Derbyshire, England, and bought his first rug in the bazaar in Istanbul over thirty years ago. Following his first visit to Tibet in 1986 he has dedicated himself to the study of Tibetan culture, with particular attention to the unique craft of Tibetan weft and weave. As well as having an eye for the rugs characteristic of daily life on the remote Tibetan plateau, he sponsors a project in Tibet dedicated to making Wangden meditation rugs. With energy and tenacity Rupert has promoted the revival of ancient skills by supplying the weavers with natural dyes from Nepal and India and has brought them to the attention of the outside world. His knowledge of the rarest and most exquisite antique Tibetan rugs is second to none and can be found in his book Secrets of Tibetan Weaving.

DATE: Sunday, March 26, 2017
TIME: 2pm - 4pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: 18th and 19th century Turkish Rugs and their Relation to the ‘Transylvanian’ Group
SPEAKER: Stefano Ionescu

The talk is a complementary lecture to the previous day’s lecture at the Textile Museum on Single- and Double-Niche ‘Transylvanian’ rugs.

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.

From 9th to 17th June 2017 Stefano IONESCU will lead the second HALI tour to Transylvania, together with HALI senior editor Daniel Shaffer.

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, April 23, 2017
TIME: See Below
LOCATION: To Be Supplied
SUBJECT: Open House at Members' Home
SPEAKERS: Kelly Webb and Frances Plunkett

Kelly Webb and Frances Plunkett are collectors, respectively, of Baluch, non-Turkmen central Asian. Anatolian, and Baluch rugs, kilims, and other textiles. In particular, Kelly has a group of Kyrgyz door rugs and a number of Yuncu (western Anatolia) kilims of good age. Frances has a collection of Baluch balisht (cushion covers) and a small group of older Turkmen okbash. They would like to share their best things and will be happy to answer questions so far as they are able.

Because their house is small, there will be two sessions, 1:00-2:00 and 3:00-4:00, with a limit of 10 IHBS members per session.

Approximately one to two weeks before the event, an email will be sent to members advising the sign-up details.

DATE: Saturday June 3rd, 2017
TIME: 2pm - 4pm
LOCATION: The Textile Museum
SUBJECT: Lighting Your Carpets
SPEAKER: Michael Kaplan

The talk will focus on practical suggestions for safely lighting your carpet collections in a manner that brings out the beauty of their colors. Definition of terms such as LEDs, MR16s, Kelvin, lumens, color temperature, low voltage, line voltage and ultra violet (UV) will be covered. Topics will include solar color films on windows and skylights to decrease fading due to heat and UV light, suggested bulbs and fixtures for ceiling-mounted accent lights, comparisons of LED, halogen and incandescent lights, recessed versus track lighting, examples of snap-on attachments for MR16 bulbs to "frame"¯ your textiles and cost estimates of the above. A time for questions and answers will follow the presentation. A handout sheet of suggested bulbs, lenses and fixtures will be provided.

Michael Kaplan is a recently retired veterinarian who loves carpets and the collection of the same. He joined IHBS and the Textile Museum to become more involved and knowledgeable about this field and to meet fellow collectors. He was involved with lining up continuing education veterinary programs for the Greater Baltimore Veterinary Medical Association and served as the group's vice president and president for the last 15 years before retiring.

DATE: Saturday, October 21, 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.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

DATE: February 11, 2017
SPEAKER: Richard Isaacson
SUBJECT: Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia
LOCATION: The Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Richard Isaacson will give the 10th Annual Caroline and McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture.

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