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Alberto Boralevi…Kaitags and other embroidered textiles: a personal view

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2020 by rjohn

Alberto Boralevi, many readers will know,

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stems from a family of art dealers that have been in the antique carpet and textile business in Venice and Florence since the beginning of the twentieth century. In 1982, he discovered in the Pitti Palace of Florence the now famous Medici Cairene Carpets. For 15 years, from 1986 to 2001, Alberto Boralevi has run his Gallery, The Carpet Studio, in Florence. Since 2001 he works on a ‘by appointment only’ basis at the first floor of the historical Palazzo Frescobaldi, in the heart of Florence.

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Besides being an antique-textiles dealer, he has been scholarly researching in the field of antique carpets and textiles, publishing numerous articles, books and catalogues and working as consultant for museums such as the Museo Stefano Bardini in Florence, the Museo del Tessuto of Prato, the Azerbaijani Carpet Museum of Baku (Azerbaijan), as well as for important private collections.

As Chairman of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) Academic Committee, Alberto Boralevi organized the International Conferences on Oriental rugs in Milan (1999) , Istanbul (2007), Stockholm (2011) and Washington 2015 and 2018. He has organized the 5th International Symposium on Azerbaijani Carpets (ISAC 2017) and related events held in Baku 17-20 October 2017.

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 In June 2011, he received the Joseph V. McMullan Award for Stewardship and Scholarship in Islamic Rugs and Textiles from the Near Eastern Art Research Center of New York, being the second Italian and the first dealer to be honored with this prestigious acknowledgement.

He has given lectures and presented papers around the world in the latest 30 years. Among the books he published: Sumakh. 1986; L’Ushak Castellani-Stroganoff, 1987; From the Near West (on Sardinian Rugs and textiles), 1997; Oriental Geometries. Stefano Bardini the antique rug, 1999. He was also co-author and chief consultant of Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, edited by Stefan Ionescu,2005.

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In a recent exchange, Alberto indicated to me that he has a number of lectures he has given, captured (words and images) in Powerpoint documents.  He has, generously indicated that I can post some of these lectures on my Eccentric Weft site so that more can access and enjoy them.

And, this post is the first of these efforts.  It is a lecture that Alberto gave on September 10, 2019, at the Museum der Volker in Schwaz, Austia,

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on Kaitag and other embroidered textiles. Click the link below to access his lecture which is a Powerpoint document (click on the full page version to get rid of the advertising). 

When you get to the end of it just click out of Powerpoint.  You should come back to this page and get to read the brief ending remarks but if that doesn’t happen, just consider the post complete.

https://www.scribd.com/presentation/453389507/Kaitag-A-Personal-View

 I hope you enjoyed and learned from it, as I did.

This may be the first of several posts of this kind.  Alberto has some other lectures he is willing to share.

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I thank him for letting me know that these lectures exist and being willing to work with me to fashion these posts.

‘Til next time,

R. John Howe