The HALI Symposium
at the Courtauld Institute of Art

Carpets in Iran, 1400-1700:
New Perspectives

25 June 2019


The HALI Symposium
at the National Gallery 

Making the Past Present: Collecting and Collections of Antique Carpets and Textiles

26 June 2019 

Morning Session
Chair: Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art

Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Opening remarks and welcome

Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library
Safavid Dynastic Vision in the Ardabil Carpet: Shah Tahmasp’s Commission

Armen Tokatlian, Oriental Art Historian
A Visual Metaphor: Inscribed Poetry in 16th-Century Safavid Carpets

Walter Denny, University Distinguished Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Anhalt Carpet in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Rethinking the
Methodology of Authenticity

Jessica Hallett, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Curator at Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Birds, Blossoms and Beasts: Iranian carpets and Portuguese Consumption, 1500-1700

Bruce Healy, Independent Scholar
The Portuguese Carpets of Shah Abbas

Afternoon Session
Chair: Sussan Babaie

Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern History
at the University of Delaware
Shah Abbas I and his 'Silk' Policy

Michael Franses, HALI Chairman and Editor Emeritus
Tapestry-Woven Silk Carpets from Iran, 1550-1650

Anna Beselin, Textile Conservator, Staatliche Museen Berlin
WoolSilk and Metal: the Techniques in Making Safavid Carpets

Turaj Zhuleh, Artist, Museum Consultant, Lecturer and Author & Fuchsia Hart, Iran Research Assistant, V&A
The Carpet Donations to the Safavid Shrines 

Hadi Maktabi, Scholar and Gallerist
Gardens of Earthly Delight: Chaharbagh Carpets of the 17th and 18th Centuries

Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Conclusions followed by general discussion

Morning Session
Chair: Eleanor Sims, Independent Scholar

Michael Franses, HALI Chairman and Editor Emeritus
Opening remarks and welcome

Lisa Monnas, Independent Scholar
Mongol Silks and their Imitations in 14th-Century Italian Paintings

Stefano Ionescu, Independent Scholar
Transylvanian Rugs in Western Paintings and Beyond

Rosemary Crill, Honorary Senior Research Fellow and retired Senior Curator for South Asia, V&A
The TAPI collection of Indian textiles

Ann French, Collections Care Manager and Conservator (Textiles),
The Whitworth Museum
Connecting Collectors: Greek Island Embroideries in the North of England

Elena Tsareva, Senior Researcher, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), St Petersburg
The Collections of SM Dudin in St Petersburg

Lyssa Stapleton, Curator, The Lloyd Cotsen Collection
New Opportunities for Textile Scholarship: The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center at George Washington University

Afternoon Session
Chair: Daniel Shaffer, HALI Executive Editor

Jon Thompson, Scholar and retired May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies, Ashmolean Museum
Some Observations on Colour in Carpets

Ali Riza Tuna, Researcher and Collector
The Kilim as an Image

Irina Koshoridze, Curator of Islamic Art at the Georgian National Museum and Director of the Ethnographic Museum, Tbilisi 
From the Archives of Georgian State Museums of Folk and Applied Arts

Raoul Tschebull, Researcher and Collector
The Evolution of Two 19th-Century Transcaucasian Pile Rug Designs

Ben Evans, HALI Editor
Closing remarks