Nazmiyal Exhibits The Wolf Collection of Early Anatolian Kilims

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Early Anatolian Kilim Rugs – The Wolf Collection Exhibition

Early Anatolian Kilim Rugs – During the weekend of April 11 through 13, New York witnessed a major antique rug event. A symposium sponsored by the Hajji Baba Club was held on Saturday at the New York Historical Society, along with an exhibition, From Timbuktu to Tibet , which open Friday evening, comprised of outstanding pieces from New York private collections.

Early Anatolian Kilim Rugs
Marilyn Wolf and Jason Nazmiyal

In conjunction with these events Nazmiyal was pleased to host an exhibition on Sunday, Early Anatolian Kilims from the Collecton of Marilyn and Marshall Wolf . Early Anatolian kilims have come to be widely recognized as some of the greatest artistic achievements of the Oriental rug weaving tradition, and the pieces from the Wolf Collection certainly attest to the validity of such opinion. These kilims, some twenty-five in number, represent a variety of designs and regional types from Anatolia or Turkey produced between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries.

Jason Nazmiyal and Walter Denny
Jason Nazmiyal and Walter Denny

They are works of great artstic individuality and power, demonstrating that kilims are not simply the humble country cousins of urban workshop rugs in pile technique, as they were once thought to be. Rather, they exemplify a cultural authenticity, and a sophistication of design and color that can match and even outstrip the finest classical pile Oriental carpets. In fact Anatolian kilims represent an extremely archaic artistic tradition which disappeared early on in the process of expanded production throughout the rug-weaving regions of the Orient in the later nineteenth century.

Barbara Davis and Christopher Andrews
Barbara Davis and Christopher Andrews

Works of this kind have rarely been exhibited even in the museums dedicated to textile arts and design. But here in this exhibition, it was possible to appreciate all the magic that these wonderful kilims have to disclose, both individually, and collectively, where each piece challenged its neighbors for the viewer’s attention. One example from the exhibition especially demonstrates the passion and dedication of the collectors.

Marshall Wolf and Bruce Baganz
Marshall Wolf and Bruce Baganz

Marshall Wolf acquired a fragment of this piece in the market in Istanbul. Some time later the rest of the kilim came up at auction, where he went the distance needed fend off all other buyers, so that both halves could be happily re-united as they now appear. The symposium and the exhibitions attracted a wide audience of rug enthusiasts and experts from all over North America and Europe as well. The gallery of photos from the exhibition at Nazmiyal provides a nice sample of the distinguished particpants.

Sally Sherill, and Jason Nazmiyal
Sally Sherill, and Jason Nazmiyal
At center, David Castriota, Emily Kiefer, Michael Kiefer, right, Roger Pratt
At center, David Castriota, Emily Kiefer, Michael Kiefer, right, Roger Pratt
Danny Shaffer and Jason Nazmiyal
Danny Shaffer and Jason Nazmiyal
Kristin McCarthy and Roger Pratt
Kristin McCarthy and Roger Pratt
Paul Ramsay
Paul Ramsay
In foreground Marilyn Wolf and Jason Nazmiyal
In foreground Marilyn Wolf and Jason Nazmiyal
Marshall Wolf, Jeanette and Tripp Miller
Marshall Wolf, Jeanette and Tripp Miller
Beate Maeder-Metcalf
Beate Maeder-Metcalf
Marilyn Wolf
Marilyn Wolf
Maris Gailitis
Maris Gailitis
Giammaria Zanderighi, Paula Krugmeier
Giammaria Zanderighi, Paula Krugmeier
Mary Jo Otsea and Judith Glass
Mary Jo Otsea and Judith Glass
Joe Doherty, Michael Chagnon
Joe Doherty, Michael Chagnon
Catherine Bennion and Mary Jo Otsea
Catherine Bennion and Mary Jo Otsea
Mark Shilen
Mark Shilen
Jason Nazmiyal, Alberto Boralevi , Betsy Murphy, Karin and Moshe Tabibnia, and Baby Tabibnia
Jason Nazmiyal, Alberto Boralevi , Betsy Murphy, Karin and Moshe Tabibnia, and Baby Tabibnia
Shiv Sikri and Allen Freedman
Shiv Sikri and Allen Freedman
Daniel Nadler and Ladan Akbarnia from the Brooklyn Museum
Daniel Nadler and Ladan Akbarnia from the Brooklyn Museum
Thomas Murray
Thomas Murray
At center Dr. Jon Thompsom
At center Dr. Jon Thompsom
Vinay Pande and Susan Lukats
Vinay Pande and Susan Lukats
Klara Nagy and Jason Nazmiyal
Klara Nagy and Jason Nazmiyal
William Robinson of Christie"s London
William Robinson of Christie”s London

This art blog post was published by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs, located in the heart of Manhattan, New York City, NY.