The HALI Symposium
at The Courtauld Institute
of Art
Carpets in Iran: 1400-1700: New Perspectives
25 June 
Limited spaces available

Session 1 Chair: Deborah Swallow, Märit Rausing Director, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Session 2 Chair: Julian Raby, Islamic art scholar, retired Director of The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and The Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C.



William Robinson, Director and Head of Islamic Art, Christie’s London,
Pre-Safavid carpets from Iran and the surrounding regions: the pictorial evidence

 Moya Carey, Curator of Islamic Collections, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
Safavid Dynastic Vision in the Ardabil Carpet: Shah Tahmasp’s Commission

Armen Tokatlian, Scholar of Indian, Armenian and Persian miniature painting
Quoting Hafez: Persian Poetry Inscription in Safavid Carpets

Walter Denny, University Distinguished Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst.
The Anhalt Carpet in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Rethinking the
Methodology of Authenticity

Michael Franses, HALI Chairman and Editor Emeritus
Tapestry-Woven Silk Carpets from Iran, 1550-1650

Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of Middle Eastern History
at the University of Delaware
Shah `Abbas I and his 'Silk' Policy

Anna Beselin, Textile Conservator, Staatliche Museen, Berlin
WoolSilk and Metal: The Techniques in Making Safavid Carpets

 Jessica Hallett, Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum curator, Portugal
Birds, Blossoms and Beasts: Iranian carpets and Portuguese 

 Dorota Chudzicka, curator and scholar Politechnika-Warszawska, Warsaw
Iranian Carpets in Historic Polish Collections

Turaj Zhuleh, artist, museum consultant, lecturer and author andFushsia Hart, Iran research assistant, V&A, London
The Carpet Donations to the Safavid Shrines 

Sussan Babaie, Andrew W. Mellon Reader in the Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Summarise the Symposium

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HALI Symposium at
The National Gallery of Art 

26 June 

Making the Past Present: collecting and collections of antique carpets and textiles 

Session 3  Chair
: Daniel Shaffer, Executive Editor, Hali Publications ltd. 

Session 4: Chair Ben Evans, Editor, HALI 

Ali Reza Tuna, researcher and collector
New perspectives on Anatolian Kilims

Mike Tschebull, researcher and collector
The evolution of two 19th century Transcaucasian pile rug designs: it’s not what you think

Elena Tsareva, senior researcher, Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), St Petersburg
The collecting of SM Dudin

Ann French, Collections Care Manager and Conservator (Textiles),
The Whitworth Museum, Manchester
The Cook and Newberry Collections of Greek Island Embroidery

Lee Talbot, Curator, The Textile Museum Collections/ Sumru Belger
Krody, Senior Curator, George Washington University Museum and The
Textile Museum
The Lloyd Cotsen Collection

Jon Thompson: Author, curator, collector and retired May Beattie Fellow in Carpet Studies, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford 

Irina Khosridze, curator of Islamic art at Georgian National Museum and Director of the Ethnographic Museum, Tbilisi 
The archives of the Ethnographic Museum, Tbilisi 

Rosemary Crill, author and Honorary Senior Research Fellow and retired Senior Curator for South Asia, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
The Calico Museum Collection

Hadi Maktabi, scholar and dealer
The Lost Century: A History of Persian Carpets 1722–1872.