Afghan Carpets: Past to Present
A talk by Carnig Minasian
Thursday, February 5th, 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Room 1199, School of Human Ecology
Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive
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Brothers Carnig (above left) and Armen (right) Minasian are the current faces of Minasian Rug Company, a third generation family business that has been a source of handmade antique, vintage and new rugs and carpets since 1897. The current exhibit in the Design Gallery — "Woven Gardens of Hope: Afghan Women's Carpets" — features carpets from the Miniasian's collection as part of a stunning display of textiles.
According to the Miniasian's Website, they can provide rugs and carpets for everything from "a custom installation for a private jet, a palace size antique carpet for a governor’s residence or an accent rug for your family room." This helps to explain the dramatic size of many of the carpets on display.
Minasian Rug Company has a Facebook page as well as a beautiful Website. Both are well worth a vist. Frankly, after looking at both sites I am ready to visit their Evanston, Ill. headquarters in person. I'm guessing much of their merchandise will be out of my price range, but it looks like the experience would be similar to a trip to a museum. And after seeing the incredible carpets they loaned the Design Gallery I would love to see more.
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Transforming Poverty into Opportunity
Wednesday, February 4th, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Join the Madison design community and UW IIDA students in learning how Afghani rug-weaving and other fair trade initiatives alleviate poverty and empower women.
Note: I am a member of the Development Committee for the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and strongly support their mission. I am receiving no remuneration or benefit for this post.