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New Research on Transylvanian Rugs


November 9, 2017 - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, at 10.30 AM

November, 11, 2017 - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, at 10.30 AM

November 12, 2017 – The International Hajji Baba Society, Washington, DC - Arlington County Central Library, at 3.30 PM

November 14, 2017 – The Hajji Baba Club, New York – The Coffee House Club, at 6.30 PM

Mr. Stefano Ionescu is an independent scholar of Oriental carpets, he has dedicated almost twenty years to the study of Anatolian rugs, starting with those that survived in Transylvania. This region continues to be the repository of the richest and best-preserved group of small Turkish carpets outside the Islamic world. With nearly four hundred examples attributable to the 16th to 18th centuries, the golden period of Ottoman weaving.

In order to prove the Anatolian origin and to explain the presence of these rugs in Transylvania, Mr. Ionescu published “Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania.” This book includes the entire collection of rugs in the Black Church along with the important examples from collections inside and outside Romania. The book was awarded the Romanian Academy prize for “History of Art,” a very rare event in rug literature.

Among 17th century Anatolian rugs this distinctive group is the largest and best researched. After fifteen years of study there is now a clear picture of the group.

The lecture will cover the origin of the design of early single-niche Transylvanian rugs and explore a fascinating new theory of how it came about in relation to Ottoman stained glass windows. Some of these windows can be seen in Ottoman buildings, created by the famous architect Sinan. Next, how the double-niche format evolved from single-niche rugs in relation to the Edict of Kütahya issued in 1610 under the rule of Sultan Ahmed I.

A full classification of the group, based on a study of over three hundred and sixty examples will be presented. Showing that there is a correlation between design and dating, that is supported by paintings and inscriptions. Making it possible to date pieces within a quarter of a century. Finally, examining two other groups of Transylvanian rugs, the “Plain-Niche” and “Coupled-Columns,” by using examples from churches in Transylvania and museums in both Turkey and the US.

November 9, 2017 - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, at 10.30 AM

November, 11, 2017 - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, at 10.30 AM – https://museum.gwu.edu/tuduc-fakes

November 12, 2017 – The International Hajji Baba Society, Washington, DC - Arlington County Central Library, at 3.30 PM – http://ihbs.org/future/future.htm

November 14, 2017 – The Hajji Baba Club, New York – The Coffee House Club, at 6.30 PM - https://www.hajjibaba.org/calendar/

Stefano Ionescu’s lecture is made possible through the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York.

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Trecut și prezent: covoarele anatoliene din Transilvania. Serie de conferințe

ICR New York, în colaborare cu George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum și Hajji Baba Society, organizează proiectul „Trecut și prezent: covoarele anatoliene din Transilvania. Serie de conferințe”.

În cadrul programului, destinat specialiștilor și iubitorilor de artă din SUA, Stefan Ionescu va prezenta o serie de patru conferințe interactive, cu exemplificări din diverse biserici din Transilvania și muzee din România, având ca subiect cele mai recente studii despre covoarele anatoliene din Transilvania. Expertul român va vorbi despre simbolismul și geometria covoarelor, culori, fibre și tehnici ale țesutului, prin aceste patru conferințe bogat ilustrate vizual, cu exemple de covoare de colecție și imagini care surprind locuri de neuitat din România.

Evenimentele sunt programate la Washington, DC și la New York, după cum urmează:

9 noiembrie - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, ora 10.30 AM - conferință internă pentru docenții de la Textile Museum.

11 noiembrie - George Washington University Museum - The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, ora 10.30 AM – website https://museum.gwu.edu/tuduc-fakes

12 noiembrie – The International Hajji Baba Society, Washington, DC - Arlington County Central Library, ora 3.30 PM – website http://ihbs.org/future/future.htm

14 noiembrie – The Hajji Baba Club, New York – The Coffee House Club, ora 6.30 PM – website https://www.hajjibaba.org/calendar/

Conferințele vor fi însoțite de o video-prezentare a bisericilor fortificate din Transilvania, de un slide-show cu 80 de imagini (exemplificări ale covoarelor), iar, la final, de o sesiune de întrebări și răspunsuri.

Conferințele se adresează nu doar specialiștilor și mediului academic, ci mai ales publicului larg și colecționarilor. Prezentările vor face referire la covoare „transilvănene” aflate în colecții importante, cum ar fi cele de la St. Louis Art Museum (St. Louis, Missouri), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) și De Young Museum (San Francisco).

Proiectul susținut de ICR New York evidențiază multiculturalitatea, tradiţia, natura și patrimoniul inestimabil din interiorul arcului carpatic.

Stefan Ionescu, un reputat specialist în covoare orientale, a dedicat aproape 20 de ani studiului covoarelor anatoliene, începând cu cele păstrate în Transilvania, spațiul geografic din afara lumii islamice, în care continuă să se găsească cel mai bogat și bine conservat fond de covoare și carpete turcești. Cartea sa, intitulată „Covoare otomane din Transilvania”, premiată de Academia Română, este o raritate în domeniul literaturii de specialitate despre covoare, motiv pentru care i s-a acordat, în 2011, „Premiul Joe McMullan”, pe care experții domeniului din lumea întreagă îl consideră cea mai prestigioasă distincție care poate încununa studiul științific al carpetelor orientale.

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