Through stunning traditional Afghan carpets and textiles, the exhibition presents the reinterpretation of the artisanal tradition in an innovative model of social entrepreneurship, embracing a sustainable approach to poverty alleviation through empowering Afghan women in rural villages. Based on traditional designs and techniques, Afghan women weave carpets sold in America. Through the women’s artistic work, traditions of the past are repurposed to address contemporary needs and aspirations. The exhibition will include approximately 35 handmade carpets by ARZU craftswomen, carpets from the private Minasian Collection, Evanston IL, and textiles from the Helen Louise Allen Collection, School of Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin. More than 60 objects will be on display.
The exhibition also promotes the mission of the School of Human Ecology to support a sustainable quality of life for individuals, families and communities. It exemplifies the commitment of the Department of Design Studies to sustainable, human–centered design within a sustainable environment.
The exhibition is sponsored by the School of Human Ecology and Department of Design Studies. Funding provided by the University of Wisconsin Anonymous Fund, Minasian Rug Company, Evanston IL, Sergenians, Madison WI.
All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday to Friday, 11-4pm, Sunday noon to 4pm.
Ruth Davis Design Gallery
Nancy Nicholas Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53704
On May 2, 2014, Minasian Rug Company teamed up with Urban Gateways to bring the old world art form of oriental rug weaving and design into the classroom at the Stone Academy, a Chicago Public School.
“The art, history, culture and creativity of fine decorative rugs make their study a perfect opportunity for school-aged children,” said Armen Minasian, Partner at Minasian Rugs. “Rugs and how they’re made are amazing lessons in diversity, religion, applied art and design. We are extraordinarily excited to be the partner with Urban Gateways in bringing this educational opportunity to Chicago schools and their students.”
To kick off the multi-tiered series, and to raise money for Urban Gateways programming, Minasian Rug presented THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF MINASIAN, at their store in Evanston.
Attendees witnessed the ceremonial unfurling of previously unseen decorative, antique rugs, valued at as much as $1 million, that have been stored and under wraps for over 50 to 100 years.
The Urban Gateways/Minasian Residency program focuses on engaging middle school students on the art of textiles through the communal process of weaving and rug-making, design and production. Urban Gateways teaching artists and students explore the historical, cultural and communal aspects of weaving, while creating their own designs for the eventual production of their own rugs through Minasian’s craftsmen around the world. The program, entitled The World Weavers Project, will be rolled out to additional Chicago Public schools in the 2015-2016 school year.
On October 2, 2014, Urban Gateways and Minasian Rugs teamed up once again to celebrate the art, design and culture of rug weaving from around the world with young students from around Chicago. This was the kick-off event at Stone Academy in West Rogers Park. Students and parents learned about rugs, the different countries and cultures where they were woven, and how they will get a chance to create their own rug designs throughout the year. Congratulations to the students on the first year of the WORLD WEAVERS PROJECT!
If you have a desire to learn more about the fascinating world of fine rugs, you can visit the following links to find extraordinary collections of historic and contemporary oriental carpets:
What follows are links to past exhibitions of collections presented in Minasian’s own Rug Galleries:
May 11 - August 31, 2007
April 24 - June 21, 2008
November 7, 2008 - January 10, 2009
HALI magazine is the leading publication in the world of antique carpets, and textiles serving the needs of dealers, collectors and lovers of fine carpets and historic as well as modern textile works of art. The following links will lead to reviews of past notable exhibitions of fine rugs at Minasian:
October 4, 2002 - March 1, 2003
October 5, 2001 - February 28, 2002
October 27, 2000 - January 1, 2001
December 10, 1999 - February 27, 2000
August 1 - November 15, 1999