Par terre III

Early 20th-century decorative arts and African tribal art coalesce in Barbara Frua’s new Par Terre III collection.

The renowned Milanese interior designer with an eclectic and sophisticated approach to decoration, Barbara Frua presents her latest collection of jute and cotton flat weaves in association with the Alberto Levi Gallery. Par terre III consists of seven new geometric patterns woven in two different techniques with a palette of twenty colours, juxtaposed to create a set of modern classics.

Par terre III will be presented with  SUIMURI, a line of wallpapers conceived in collaboration with Pictalab. We will find some of the classic Par terre designs translated into hand-drawn and painted wallpapers.

We are delighted to invite you to the opening of  Par terre III on

Thursday, March 9 from 6 pm

Il Manifesto dell’Abitare

Il Manifesto dell’Abitare è uno strumento utile alla progettazione degli spazi domestici del futuro. Strategy Innovation ha voluto costruire la sua casa ideale attraverso la forza delle parole, utilizzando, per così dire, un rendering testuale. Ciascuna stanza è descritta in modo tale da stimolare riflessioni e idee, al servizio di architetti, designer e urbanisti.

Siamo lieti di ospitare il prossimo talk del Manifesto dell’Abitare Mercoledì 1 Marzo, alle ore 10:30.

Guest speaker sarà Silvia Galbiati, studio di Architettura & Design a Milano

ARX-ITECTURE – Arte e architettura tra spazio pubblico e privato sarà il tema del talk.

L’arte muta e si evolve verso un uso partecipato ed emozionale, uscendo dalle gallerie ed entrando nei luoghi dell’abitare e non solo, trasformandoli, intercettando i desideri di chi li vive, creando relazioni, allargando il campo delle competenze coinvolte nei progetti. Attraverso ARX-ITECTURE si vuole proporre un nuovo approccio all’arte, perché questa possa donare una nuova dimensione agli spazi dell’abitare, non solo personalizzandoli ed arricchendoli, ma diventando parte integrante del luogo stesso e della vita quotidiana di chi lo vive, permettendo vere e proprie esperienze sensoriali.

Lo Studio di Architettura e Design nasce dalla passione di Silvia Galbiati per architettura, design, arte e moda, con lo scopo di offrire un ventaglio completo di servizi, dalla costruzione fino alla decorazione. Convinta che gli spazi debbano parlare, essere luoghi di ascolto, che riflettano la personalità del cliente e rispettino lo spirito del luogo, l’architetto prende in prestito dal giusto equilibrio tra tradizione e modernità, la qualità dell’uno e la seduzione dell’altro inserendo nei suoi progetti arredi e mobili, pezzi unici pensati e realizzati appositamente per le esigenze e il gusto del cliente.

The Golden Triangle Syndrome

Hali, also the Turkish word for Carpet, is the most influential magazine dedicated to antique textile arts. It has been published continuously in London since 1978.

Alberto Levi has been a regular editorial contributor to Hali since the early 90s.

As an independent researcher, collector, lecturer and dealer in Milan, he always had an affinity for solving puzzles regarding attributions. On Hali’s just published issue 214 (Winter 2022) Alberto leads us to an excursion to Tibet in 1993, where he first discovered a group of ancient rugs which he identifies as originating from what he defines as the Golden Triangle, a region encompassing northeast Anatolia, the southern Caucasus and northwest Persia. This group of weavings has received considerable attention during the last few years and is already a very actively collected, independent family of antique rugs.

The Golden Triangle Syndrome

The Hali Colloquium, Italy 2023

HALI has organized several highly interesting and special events in Italy 5-11 February 2023 to precede the two-day colloquium and expert conference “Kerman Carpets of the Safavid Period (1501-1736)” 10-11 February in Genoa. Conceived as a celebration of the wealth of antique carpets and textiles in Italy, a week of talks, guided museum visits and exhibitions will focus on the important artworks held in public institutions and private collections in Florence, Milan and Turin.

On this marvellous occasion of The Hali Colloquium in Italy, we proudly present

From Eurasia with Love – Antique Tribal Textile Art from Persia and the Transcaucasus

and are delighted to invite you to our opening on

Wednesday, February 8 from 6 pm

We are looking forward to seeing you!

ARTS 2021, San Francisco

I am truly delighted to announce that the San Francisco ARTS show is back with a vengeance! Opening on Friday December 3 at 2.30 pm, it will be hosted, just like the good old days, at the near- mythical Motel Capri, a true gem of American 50’s design dominating the corner of Greenwich and Buchanan streets in the Marina district. This three-day extravaganza of antique rugs and textiles draws dealers, collectors and cognoscenti from around the globe.

Now in its 12th season, I feel especially close to this show as I am one of its founding members. The Capri was the accommodation of choice for most of the rug dealers exhibiting at the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Arts Show, which still takes place in February at the nearby Fort Mason (although the the 2021 event was only virtual). We all used to ship our goods to the Capri, and many of the local collectors would visit us the day before stand dressing and voraciously buy some of the best pieces we had reserved for the exhibition. The motel rooms offered adequate privacy for such swift transactions and most of us ended up doing more business there than during the show itself.

This prompted us to imagine the Capri as the actual venue, an idea that was taken up very enthusiastically by an international roster of colleagues covering virtually every facet of antique textile arts. In October 2008 the entire motel had been transformed into a variegated bazar, its parking lot looking like a contemporary equivalent of a 19th-century Middle Eastern caravanserai. Ancient textiles hanging down mid-century modern balustrades welcomed crowds of passionate rug aficionados who would dare venture into the belly of the Capri through its twisting alleyways and staircases. The motel rooms were each taken up by respectable members of the antique rug trade, where rare masterpieces were hanging from black cardboards panels, carefully lit in the best manner a 50’s motel room could possibly accommodate.

As most of us will still be jet lagged, the show has truly flexible hours, with many transactions happening well into midnight. Some of us eventually fall asleep on queen-sized beds covered with woven tribal trappings of every stripe, while others congregate in the corridors and balconies or in the ground-floor rooms in a never ending party of kindred spirits.

The heady feeling of camaraderie is still what, in my opinion, distinguishes this show from all others. Even in such dire times, when travelling is beset by myriad restrictions, many of us are ready to invest in the extra effort necessary to make this event happen. At this point we have achieved an ever-expanding, international and multicultural family that draws valuable sustenance from at least one reunion a year. We look forward to greeting a plethora of friends ranging from rug collectors and museum curators to people who simply wish to learn more about antique textile art…all are early welcome!

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Milan Design Week 2021

Jan Kath – Contemporary Rug Art

Portrait - Jan Kath - 2014
Portrait – Jan Kath – 2014 by Dimo Feldmann

When in the Fall of 2002 I became acquainted with Jan Kath, then a young and very promising contemporary rug artist, I hadn’t realised that soon my career would take a very significant turn. We had been introduced by Ben Evans, who at the time was a senior editor at Hali Publications; soon thereafter Jan sent me a colour sample of his only collection in the form of a runner. I hung this striped and colourful piece on one of the walls in the gallery that happened to be near a rare and important antique Anatolian rug I was showing at the time. Up until then I was dealing strictly in antique rugs and textiles, although the contemporary rug scene was changing quickly with innovative textures and colourways and I could sense that soon they might provide an interesting alternative to antiques. Soon but not immediately, or so I thought.

Which is why I was quite surprised to see that most of the gallery visitors were mesmerized by the colour strip and paid comparatively less attention to the antique Anatolian masterpiece. They loved the colour combination and thought it was some kind of modern runner for the floor. When I explained that it was a colour sample and that they could choose their favourite colours and order it in their desired size, it seemed for them as though I’d opened the doors to a whole new universe. I had realised that times were changing. A new generation of buyers and taste-makers were defining the market and they were seeking a new aesthetic; gravitating away from traditional styles and embracing a more contemporary, minimalist look.

I soon decided to embark on a project with Jan Kath and organised our first show together, in April 2003, at my gallery, in conjunction with Milan Design Week. As it turned out, Contemporary Rug Art was a smashing media and business success. I learned quickly not to sell my sample rugs (a not so easy concept to grasp for a traditional rug dealer) so that I could sell that rug multiple times, in different sizes too. Soon I was able to understand the various permutations that are at the heart of the bespoke carpet.

It was also the first time a gallery that was known for antique textile art had crossed the river into the contemporary domain. I realised that it wasn’t impossible to deal in both antique and contemporary rugs, as long as there is an aesthetic thread that connects the two. As a matter of fact, I developed into a gallery where custom-made rugs are often complementary to the antiques.  Many of my colleagues were initially a bit confused about this choice, although most of them ended up somehow incorporating contemporary rugs into their collections.

Almost two decades later I feel that the time is ripe for a new collaboration with Jan. In the intervening years we had grown together, often inspiring each other. While I ventured in the many meanderings of contemporary weavings and became mostly driven by its wealth of textures, he began focusing on the myriad patterns offered by the antique rug tradition and translated these into the contemporary idiom by concealing parts of the designs with generous globs of luscious silk. Soon these combinations evolved into a proper and ever-expanding collection, called Erased Heritage, which in time became representative of a Neo-Baroque style that it often copied but never equalled.

Milan Design Week 2021

September 5 – 10, 2021

Jan Kath, Savonnerie-Surprise, Teppiche, Carpet Design

It is therefore my pleasure and honour to show at Milan Design Week 2021, which will take place September 5-10, the latest innovations of Jan’s Erased Heritage collection, including a recently developed series dedicated to 17th and 18th-century French Savonnerie carpets. We will also host an outdoor installation with poufs and pillows constructed from Erased Heritage rugs. The dynamic interior design trio behind Paranà Studio will present an indoor concept, involving one of their custom-designed Totem lamps, in conversation with a selection of Jan Kath pieces from his other collections.

I really look forward to this event and to meeting those of you who will be there!

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