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Subject  :  Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Steve Price mailto:%20sprice@hsc.vcu.edu
Date  :  03-11-2001 on 09:13 p.m.
Dear People,

My nomination for the site with the most beautiful and informative exhibitions is Michael and Jacqueline Franses' "Textile Gallery"

The images of the pieces are superb, and the texts are scholarly and thorough. I don't know of any better source of information on suzani, for instance, than the exhibition they ran on the subject a year or two back. Any collector who isn't familiar with this site should get to know it.


Steve Price

Subject  :  Re:Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Yon Bard mailto:%20doryon@rcn.com
Date  :  03-12-2001 on 09:42 a.m.
I would also recommend The Weaving Arts Museum. http://www.weavingartmuseum.org./

Regards, Yon

Subject  :  Re:Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Greg Koos mailto:%20gregkoos@gte.net
Date  :  03-13-2001 on 08:24 a.m.
Dear Yon,
Thanks for the link to Weaving Art Museum. I had not seen this site before. Such on-line exhibitions can provide great access to textile objects not readily accessible. This site does acomplish this. However, certain elements are lacking which makes it difficult to evaluate the contents. Specifically in the exhibit "Cult Kilim," no effort is made to provide a date or range of dates for the objects. For this reason it is difficult to analyze the observations made by the curator. I've been reading Gantzhorns,"The Christian Oriental Carpet" and wondered if his assertion on the spread of Armenian influences is supported by the observations made on the Coptic pieces found on the site. Without some kind of dating I can't make the link. The site also clearly made a choice to use a black background, which highlights the textiles, but makes reading very difficult.
Greg Koos

Subject  :  Re:Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Vincent Keers mailto:%20vkeers@worldonline.nl
Date  :  03-13-2001 on 09:17 p.m.
Dear Greg,

Don't think it's possible to link pre-hellenistic-Coptic textiles with Ganzhorns Christian? designs. Armenian?
Can't see the connection between Coptic pre-5'th century design and Ganzhorns mosaic floors, jewelry and other relics.
We, and neither can he, can compare Coptic textile with pre-5'th century rugs.
I'm a great fan of Coptic textiles. My name is shot like an arrow by a Coptic putto, or is my name pulling a devil?
Ganzhorn thinks it's a devil. I think it's a putto.....

Best regards,

Subject  :  Re:Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Patrick Weiler mailto:%20theweilers@home.com
Date  :  03-18-2001 on 11:52 p.m.
More web sites

My first introduction to the internet as a place to see rugs was on a computer at a local museum. It was not much later that I got a computer with web access. There have been a lot of changes since then. Turkotek has transformed from a rug dealer web site to the Major International Influence it is today. I would go to a search engine and type "oriental rug" and come up with several pages of sites. Now there are dozens.
A couple I have not seen links to here are:
http://www.samcoad.com/ and http://www.gallerypersia.demon.co.uk/
The Sam Coad site is unusual in format.
The Gallery Persia site has a number of interesting tribal weavings. It appears to be run by a relative (also MacDonald) of Brian MacDonald of the Samarkand web site.
My philosophy is that there is no such thing as "too much" antique oriental rugs.

Patrick Weiler

Subject  :  Re:Best On-Line Exhibitions
Author  :  Steve Price mailto:%20sprice@hsc.vcu.edu
Date  :  03-19-2001 on 08:39 a.m.
Dear Patrick,

The two links you provided are both to attractive commercial sites with antique rugs for sale and good images of those rugs. I don't think either one would qualify as an on-line exhibition, though.


Steve Price

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