Stefano Ionescu was invited by the American Conference on Oriental Rugs to make a speaking tour on the topic of Ottoman carpets in Transylvania Churches. Stefano Ionescu, was born in 1951 at Timisoara, at the border of Transylvania, graduated in Bucharest and lives in Rome since 1975. As an independent scholar on Oriental carpets he dedicated almost 10 years to the study of Anatolian carpets of Ottoman period which survived in Transylvania. This region continues to be the repository of the richest and best-preserved corpus of small Turkish carpets outside the Islamic world: almost four hundred examples attributable to the golden period of Ottoman weaving from the 15th to the 18th century including ‘Holbein’, Ushak, ‘Lotto’, Selendi and a wealth of so-called ‘Transylvanian’ rugs.
Fri 29 Oct PHILADELPHIA: Late Turkish rugs and their relation to the ‘Transylvanian’ group
Sat 30 Oct WASHINGTON - THE TEXTILE MUSEUM Rare and unusual examples extant in Transylvania; the rugs from Bistritza
Sun 31 Oct WASHINGTON DC HAJJI BABAS: Great Anatolian rugs sourced in Transylvania
Mon 1 Nov NEWYORK HAJJI'S: Late Turkish rugs and their relation to the ‘Transylvanian’ group
Fri 5 Nov BOSTON: Tuduc fakes
Sun 7 Nov CHICAGO R & T SOCIETY: Romanian Kilims
Thur 11 Nov COLORADO TEXTILE GROUP: Transylvania and the Ottoman Rugs
Sat 13 Nov SEATTLE TEXTILE & RUG SOCIETY: Transylvania and the Ottoman Rugs
Mon 15 Nov SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RUG SOC.: Great Anatolian rugs sourced in Transylvania.
Sat 20 Nov LOS ANGELES: TMA/SC: Romanian Kilims