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105 Ottoman sutan’s kaftan at the Topkapı Saray

98 Italian renaissance velvet at the Pinacotca di Brera, Milan

111 Sistan ‘Baluch’ salt-bag, Thomas Cole, San

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CONTENTS ISSUE 163 SPRING 2010

FRONTLINES LETTERS Boucherouite: a question of age; Musée Guimet, Paris on the Krishna Riboud Collection 17 NEWS London’s art and antique fairs in June 2010; the new Islamic art gallery at the Detroit Institute of Arts; a farewell to Alfred DeCredico; Istanbul: European Capital of Culture 2010 19 BENCHMARKS Markus Voigt extols and compares the virtues of Khotan medallion rugs 23 PROFILE Thomas P. Campbell, the new director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art 27 FROM THE ARCHIVE The design archive of British carpet manufacturers Brintons 31

FEATURES HIDDEN HISTORIES, UNTOLD STORIES

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ROS WEAVER The V&A’s Curator of Contemporary Textiles, Sue Pritchard, in conversation about three of the quilts from the museum’s current exhibition, which celebrates the best of British quilt-making

RIPPLES OF LIFE

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Bengal’s embroidered quilts DARIELLE MASON Until mid-summer 2010, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is exhibiting selections from its Kramrisch and Bonovitz Collections of kanthas, 19th and early 20th century embroidered cotton quilts and covers from Bengal

OTTOMAN TILES IN ALEPPO

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ARTHUR MILLNER By comparing the ceramic tiles inhistoric Aleppo to those in Damascus, the author offers insight into the complex history of the region

THE CONQUEST OF ARZILA AND TANGIER

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An in-depth analysis of four rare 15th century Flemish historical tapestries from TheConquest ofArzilaandTangierseries woven to commemorate the North African victories of King Alfonso V

of Portugal

POSHTI

CONROY CAVANNA

Small-scale knotted-pile weavings that demonstrate the skills and prevailing aesthetic of Persian urban workshops at the end of the 19th century

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BEATS HUNTING AND FISHING

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RAOUL TSCHEBULL Colour and connoisseurship: a look at the collection of a New York State collector/dealer

CLASSICAL CARPETS IN POLAND

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BEATA BIEDRON ´ SKA SLOTA A survey of the history of oriental carpet collecting among Poland’s elites, including Turkish and Cairene weavings in addition to Safavid silk and metal thread ‘Polonaise’ rugs

CONTEXT EXHIBITIONS Cotton dhurriesat the Mehrangarh Fort Museum in Jodhpur; ‘Flights of Fancy: Birds in Pre-Columbian Art’ at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington DC; Turkmen tribal classics at Mountain Looms Private Museum in Singapore; ‘Carlo Crivelli e Brera’ at Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera; Paris report: ‘Saison de la Turquie en France’ with related exhibitions at the Louvre, L’Institut du Monde Arabe, and the Musée Guimet; recent exhibitions at The Sadberk Hanım and Sabanci Museums in Istanbul; the newly opened Asian art galleries at the Grassi Museum in Leipzig; the annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show at Fort Mason; Baluch rugs in San Rafael 92 CALENDAR Auctions, exhibitions, fairs and conferences worldwide 112 AUCTION PRICE GUIDE Recent sales in Europe and the USA 117 BOOKS James Reid’s new publication Pre-ColumbianPeruvianTextiles.TheFirstModernArt reviewed;LegacyinCloth:BatakTextilesofIndonesiaby Sandra Niessen; Titles Received 128 PARTING SHOTS Familiar faces from San Francisco, Hanover and Atlanta 141 FIRST VIEW An intgriguing Coromandel coast calligraphic chintz textile, found in Sumatra but inscribed with the name of the Sufi saint Sheikh Muhyi al-Din Gilani 144

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