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.
Our customary monthly meetings have moved to virtual meetings via the Zoom platform for the fall of 2020 and for the foreseeable future. These meetings and their archived versions are included in club membership. Membership is $75 per year for members residing in the Tri-state area and $35 for non-resident members. There is a one-time initiation fee of $75. These charges help cover the costs of our virtual presentations as well as honorariums paid to our speakers.
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The Hajji Baba Club Research Fellowship, 2023-2024
The Hajji Baba Club Research Fellowship supports primary research in the field of carpet studies.
Eligibility: Applicants may be pre-doctoral candidates, hold a PhD, or demonstrate equivalent professional experience. Pre-doctoral candidates must be registered currently in a PhD program at an accredited university. Ineligible are residents of countries with which the U.S. has no direct diplomatic relations, applicants with commercial projects, and members of the HBC Board of Directors or Research Fellowship Committee.