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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

2.06.2009

Magic Carpet Ride


Some museums have stronger online collections than others. Hali, a publication that covers carpets, textiles and decorative arts, suggests a few that offer great virtual experiences. In short, a free ticket to explore: The Louvre, Paris (I especially enjoyed this mini exhibition there), the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, The Hermitage, and MAK. Both the The Louvre and FAMSF allow visitors to create their own online galleries.

The images above are from Hali and show the opening of La Scala's 2007-2008 opera season in Milan. At a gala held in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino, antique carpets were draped over balconies to suggest a Renaissance atmosphere. Using carpets in this way was popular during the 15th-and-16th centuries, as seen in paintings by Giovanni Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio.

On an unrelated note, I want to thank the very inspiring Joslyn of Simple Lovely for inviting me to share my favorite things. I was flattered.

15 comments:

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Oh, to have been at the Palazzo Marino that night. Such glorious images. And thank you for the Hali magazine tip -- it's lavish, heart-stopping and incredible!

Style Court said...

Heart-stopping, yes! Thought you would like it Lisa!

Pigtown-Design said...

At one of the center atriums at Liberty in London, there were gorgeous rugs hanging over the railings. I thought it was charming.

Style Court said...

Sounds wonderful Meg.

Joslyn said...

oh those carpets are just stunning.

i loved featuring your favorites...you are quite inspiring too ;-)

Janet said...

Those photographs of La Scala are to dies for. That is one place I have always wanted to go!

Tavarua said...

Fantastic pictures, Very inspiring, once you start to collect those oriental rugs it is hard to stop. Anyways, great blog.

Style Court said...

Janet -- I'd love to see your photographs :)

Style Court said...

Tavarua -- thanks so much.

Paul Pincus said...

At a gala held in the courtyard of Palazzo Marino, antique carpets were draped over balconies to suggest a Renaissance atmosphere.

could that image of the courtyard be more beautiful!?!?!? thank you, courtney!

Teacats said...

Another vote for that marvellous, exotic and elegant photo of the party --- what a beautiful setting -- for music, food -- and romance! Just imagine a handsome stranger across THAT room! "One Enchanted Evening" indeed!

Jan at Rosemary Cottage

citysage said...

Loved your favourite things over at Simple Lovely---your taste really is perfection and I adore your attention to detail. A woman after my own heart!

And don't tell my mom that there's a publication devoted entirely to carpets and textiles. She might poop herself! She is a rug fanatic and literally has more antique kilims than she has floor space to display them! As I get older I am starting to appreciate their beauty myself...it's only a matter of time before I start aggregating my own collection, I think! The ones you feature here are stunning...

Style Court said...

Hi Jan -- so glad these pictures speak to you!

Style Court said...

Citysage -- many thanks!

Hali is an an amazing resource. A great gift idea too.

Esra said...

Oh, thank you soo much for sharing this. Who needs a flying carpet, when there is such a beauty?