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: Friday, October 16, 2015
EVENT: *Private tour of Byzantine and Pre-Columbian textiles
Attendence will be strictly limited to twelve IHBS members
TIME: 10:30am
LOCATION: *Dumbarton Oaks
1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Enter on 32nd Street, the main museum entrance will lead to the lobby where a security officer will check members in

On the 16th of October, Gudrun Buehl, the museum curator and director will give us a private tour of Pre-Columbian and Byzantine textiles at Dumbarton Oaks.

We will see a cross section of the (small) Pre-Columbian textile holding which would be freshly mounted in the textile gallery (besides Wari hats and tapestry tunics decorated with abstract designs, there will be some of their impressive feather work garments and ornaments on view). And on the Byzantine side, she will give us an insight into Early Byzantine and Islamic silk and tapestry fragments of wall hangings, and if there is time, fragments of dress, mainly tapestry decorations of tunics with various figurative designs.

Those who want to attend should send an email request to Aija Blitte
She will keep a waiting list, in case someone drops out.

DATE: Sunday, November 15, 2015
LOCATION: *Private home
SUBJECT: *Rugs and textiles from the Southern and Western Caucasus

Collectors have long enjoyed the bold and heraldic designs and beautiful colors of Kazak rugs, and other textiles from the Southern and Western Caucasus. The dragon rugs, which are the earliest known pile carpets from the Caucasus, were predominantly made in Karabagh, in the Southern Caucasus. Many rug designs seen in these regions reflect designs from Anatolia and Persia, and from the older embroidery tradition within the Caucasus itself. While certain designs are relatively characteristic of particular regions and groups within the Southern and Western Caucasus, the best parameters for determining the region of origin remain structural features and particular shades of color.

The host will examine the development of design in textiles from the Southern and Western Caucasus. He will describe the relation between flatwoven and pile weavings within different groups in these regions. The discussion will consider the different ethnic groups living in the area, and how design, color, and structure can help answer questions of age and geographic region of origin. The host will show some pile and flatwoven pieces from his collection as examples for discussion, and participants are invited to bring in exceptionally old or beautiful Caucasian rugs or textiles for a show and tell period.

Food and drink for the salon will be provided.

Participation limited to the first twenty IHBS members; sign-up details will be provided in a newsletter.

Some Other Upcoming Textile Events and Other Events of Interest

DATE: November 6-8, 2015
EVENT: 36th Meeting of International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets

LOCATION: Hamburg Germany

Invitation to IHBS members for the 36th Meeting of International Collectors of Türkmen Carpets in Hamburg, Germany. This year’s meeting will be a bit later than usual, and is set for November 6-8, 2015. Details of the lectures and exhibitions can be found here.

DATE: May 19-30, 2016
EVENT: Indonesian Textile Cruise

Notice from British textile researchers David and Sue Richardson:

We are delighted to announce that the dates of our 2016 tour will be 19-30 May. We will again be exploring some of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia - Flores, Lembata, Alor, Timor, Savu, Sumba and Rinca - from the comfort of the beautiful Ombak Putih.

Our days will be spent exploring weaving villages and learning about natural dyeing techniques, plus of course some time for snorkelling and relaxing on deck. Each evening we will give a talk on the people and textiles we will be encountering the next day.

The trip is limited to 22 participants. Why not be one of them and join us for the trip of a lifetime?

Full details can be found in this PDF brochure or by email at

DATE: November 6-8, 2015
EVENT: Indonesian Textile Cruise

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