The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) was launched in 2011 and is the UK’s leading annual fair dedicated to the appreciation of antique rug and textile art. Our specialist event brings together quality decorative pieces and interesting collectors’ items presented by some of the UK and Europe’s most dynamic and knowledgeable dealers.
Alberto Levi Gallery in collaboration with Mero Matters Fine Arts is pleased to announce TEXTILE HEALING, an exhibition that will take place at “The Vault”, the ancient Roman cellars of the gallery in Via San Maurilio 24, from January 28th to March 12th 2022.
My love story with rugs began well before I decided to start dealing in them, which is fast approaching its thirty-fifth anniversary. I had always been attracted to great colour and, when I began looking at them more seriously, antique Turkish rugs became my very first obsession. It was an amazing coincidence that these were also the rugs I would sell the most, as it afforded me an opportunity to delve in them with even more conviction. I also soon discovered that, while archaically drawn, richly-colored Anatolian village rugs were much in demand, niche design or ‘prayer’ examples of similar, if not earlier, vintage were somehow ‘frowned upon,’ as if their more formal iconography belonged to an old-fashioned taste for ‘high art.’ By contrast, when I would delve into the very beginnings of rug literature, I would discover endless confessions of everlasting love and dedication to the magical power of the prayer rug.