[Robe, Central Asia, Uzbekistan, Bukhara, Late 19th to early 20th century, The Textile Museum, 2005.36.31, The Megalli Collection.]
More design news from the nation's capital: The Textile Museum's upcoming exhibition, Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats, isn't scheduled to open to the public until October 16, but the institution has begun posting on Flickr small glimpses of curators dressing mannequins with some of the jaw-dropping 19th-century robes from the show.
Click here for a peek.
Things will really kick off in the fall with the weekend symposium, Tying the Rainbow: Reexamining Central Asian Ikats, Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17. And as the show continues on view through March 13, 2011, there will be a variety of exhibition-related events for the public, encompassing weaving demonstrations, interactive family programs, and gallery talks. I was happy to learn that the gallery installation will go off the wall a bit with a vignette inspired by a 19th-century Uzbek interior.
Whether or not you're able to make it to D.C., the exhibition catalog looks like a must for textile lovers. Apart from the lavish illustrations, the essays are expected to offer fresh perspectives and new research dealing with both the art history and the enduring appeal of Central Asian ikats.
[I'm still loving the small hit of ikat in this bedroom design by Sara Gilbane Sullivan.]
[More small hits of ikat: Ellen Pompeo's pillow, May 2010 Elle Decor, photography by Tim Street-Porter, interiors by Martyn Lawrence Bullard.]
[Ikat bedcover by Soledad Twombly, paintings by Alessandro Twombly, photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna, Elle Decor, April 2009.]
[Click to enlarge. 17th-century house in France with decor by Sally Perrin, House Beautiful, April 2004.]
[Kelly Wearstler's former library from Annie Kelly's Rooms to Inspire in the City, photography by Tim Street-Porter.]
For background on the show and the Textile Museum's Murad Megalli collection, see this past post or click here.
All images except the last seven via the Textile Museum.