2023 President’s Appeal

Thank you for your interest in and support of the Hajji Baba Club, the oldest rug and textile collectors club in the United States. 

The Hajji Babas had an active fall, including a field trip to the Ratti Center, online presentations by Amanda Phillips and James Opie, as well as two in-person talks at the Salmagundi by Nathalie Farman-Farma and our 2022- 2023 HBC Research Fellow, Margaret Squires.  This spring, we are looking forward to two field trips in January, more zoom and in-person lectures, and our annual Show and Tell meeting in June.

Please consider a donation to our annual President’s appeal. Please note your donation for “General Donation” or the “Research Fellowship”.

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Tibet, 20th Century, Wool pile, 157.5 x 94 cm (62 x 37 in.), Anonymous

The Hajji Baba Club is the oldest organization in America devoted to the study of oriental carpets and antique textiles. Founded in New York City in 1932, its original members included many collectors whose carpets and textiles now form principal holdings at several of our country’s major museums. Prominent collectors and textile scholars continue to be part of the HBC membership today, along with many other enthusiasts.

The club’s monthly meetings offer an opportunity to learn about antique textiles from lectures and presentations. Our customary in-person monthly meetings moved to virtual meetings via the Zoom platform in 2020. Our current schedule includes both in-person sessions and zoom presentations which are recorded and available to members.

The HBC sponsors research into the history of carpets and other textiles, and has funded both exhibitions and publications in the field. The club also organizes trips to both public institutions and private homes so that its membership can have an insider’s view of textiles not usually on display. The Hajji Baba Club accepts new members and welcomes anyone interested.

Learn more about our next meeting.