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Lecture Series 2009

Carpets and Culture
Thursday, April 30

Carol Bier, Research Associate at The Textile Museum, Washington, D.C. and lecturer at San Francisco State University on Islamic Culture, returns to Cantor Arts Center with the story of Oriental carpets.

To consider carpets at their points of origin is to recognize differences of cultural perspective. Traditionally, most hand-made carpets used in the West originated in Central Asia, Iran, and Turkey, regions of  low rainfall where animal husbandry and seeking of good pastures have historically served as the primary economic force for sustaining life.

Over the years, political affiliations have shifted, international interests have intervened and national, regional, and local economies have had a major effect upon pastoral, nomadic, and tribal organization. Rug-weaving is one of the few occupations sustainable at a subsistence level among nomadic groups but also cultivated by khans and emperors who established weaving centers for their courts in towns and cities. Commercial workshops and cottage industries were promoted and developed to generate an international rug-consuming public.

Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
4:15 to 6:15 pm
members: $25, non-members: $30

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