“Timbuktu To Tibet”

Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors

Take the Complete Virtual Tour at The New-York Historical Society
April 11 – August 17, 2008

Take the Complete Virtual Tour at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
October 18, 2008 – March 8, 2009

Travel with Dr. Jon Thompson On A Curatorial Journey Through the Hajji Collections,
August, 2006

The Bloomberg TV Video Review of Timbuktu to Tibet

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Timbuktu To Tibet, an exhibition planned for the New York Historical Society in the Spring of 2008, will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hajji Baba Club with a celebration of New York's passion for the Oriental rug.

The show will chronicle the history of this New York-based Club, while examining the history of the Oriental rug in New York and how our understanding of this kind of textile has changed over the years.

It will focus on approximately seventy-five objects belonging to current Club members, ranging from rugs to costume and other kinds of Near Eastern/Central Asian textiles, but will also include an introductory area on the types of courtly carpets collected at the beginning of the 20th century, with photographs of how they were displayed at the time, in the homes of such families as the Tiffanys, Vanderbilts and Havemeyers. Instructional sections throughout will explain how the rugs were produced and used in their countries of origin.