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.
Since its founding, the HBC has met monthly for education, entertainment and fellowship. Our meetings offer an opportunity to learn about antique textiles from lectures and presentations and to share the great love for the woven arts which HBC members have in common. Members often bring interesting rugs and textiles to meetings so that others can enjoy them and offer their views. There is also an opportunity to dine with members, lecturers and other guests.
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 gladly and encourages anyone interested to contact our membership chair via this website. Meetings are held at The Coffee House Club, located in Manhattan at 20 West 44 th St., sixth floor. Check the HBC website for upcoming dates. Membership is $75 per year, with a one-time initiation fee of an additional $75. Those wishing to stay for the dinner which follows each lecture pay a $50 supplement per event.
Anyone curious about the club can attend individual meetings on a non-member basis for $25, paid upon arrival. Dress is business casual, tie and jacket for gentlemen. See you at our next meeting!
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