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   The Fabric of Moroccan Life  June 6--November 2, 2003 Sublevel 2 at the
Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of African Art is located at 950 Independence Avenue, SW in Washington, D.C. 20560-0708  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily

The Fabric of Moroccan Life presents some of the finest and most important weavings in existence. The 67 objects on display include rugs, textiles and jewelry. The Fabric of Moroccan Life is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is under the high patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco. The museum is grateful to the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco. Support for this exhibition was generously provided by Sidney and Kathryn Taurel, Joseph's Oriental Rug Imports and Royal Air Maroc. 

   The Fabric of Moroccan Life presented by INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART

Featuring Rare Masterworks from IMA's Renowned Textile Collection

INDIANAPOLIS-This spring the Indianapolis Museum of Art will present The Fabric of Moroccan Life, an exhibition showcasing 150 rare embroideries, hangings and rugs drawn from the Museum's renowned textile collection. On view from March 24 through June 23, 2002, The Fabric of Moroccan Life includes woven masterworks that reflect the broad range of traditions and cultural influences active in Morocco during the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The majority of these brightly colored pieces, featuring lively geometric and floral designs, have never before been on public display.

The Fabric of Moroccan Life explores the artistic importance of these superb weavings as well as their central role in Moroccan culture. Part of an oral and creative tradition passed down through generations, the hand-woven works reflect the diversity of this African nation's landscape, culture and society. To enrich this evocative picture of Moroccan life, the exhibition will also feature striking pieces of Moroccan jewelry and costumes from the same periods.

    The Textile Museum in Washington, DC is dedicated to furthering the understanding of mankind's creative achievements in the textile arts. As a museum, it is committed to its role as a center of excellence in the scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections. The mission is pursued through development and maintenance of collections, records and a library, as well as through scholarly research, exhibitions, publications and educational programs.
    Textile Arts of the Islamic World:  Working Bibliographies

    Oriental Rug Review.  A tabloid from 1981-1987, color magazine until 1996. Now on the web only. Back issues, some new material.  Searchable.

   International Conference on Oriental Carpets
ICOC MARRAKESH LECTURES September 2001 Those who couldn't make the journey to Marrakesh for the Second International Conference on North African Carpets and Textiles can keep abreast of current views on the subject through the event's lectures most in French and German but including:
Moroccan Carpets and Twentieth Century Design Pickering, 20 minutes, English
Trade and Exchange of North African Textiles According to Early Medieval Documentary Sources Ali de Unzaga, 15 minutes, English


    Brooke Pickering Moroccan Rugs and Textiles.  "Rug Brat" by Brooke Pickering Oriental Rug Review article, March, 1997
1209 Route 213, 2nd Fl  PO Box 37
High Falls, NY  12440
Phone 914-687-8737. Fax 914-687-8889

    Casablanca Market carries Moroccan rugs, Moroccan fabrics, Berber rugs. Antique rugs, Moroccan tapestry, Moroccan Atlas rugs, Moroccan tapestry, moroccan furniture, tangine and Moroccan kilims.793 Castro Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Tel: (650) 964-3000

    HANNOUN Rugs from Morocco
103 Hayground Road, Water Mill, NY 11976.

631.259.3837 store
773.936.8881 Mark's cell 773.936.8871 Nina's cell

    Marrakesh Express - Introduction to Moroccan Textiles
Email to Susan S. Davis
On-line Moroccan rug and pillow gallery and shop.  Excellent illustrated education on Moroccan textiles.  See 1997 article in Wired Moroccan Weavers Take Rugs to the World (Wide Web) by Mark Frauenfelder.  Suggested Books on Morocco is also very good.

    Marla Mallett Textiles and Tribal Oriental Rugs.  Antique Tribal Kilims and Bags
Ethnographic flatwoven Oriental rugs (kilims or kelims), tent bags, saddlebags and horse covers -- primarily from Turkey, the Caucasus. Fine soumak and kilim pillows.
1690 Johnson Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306 USA
Phone: 404-872-3356 or Toll Free: 1-877-542-0841

    The Moroccan Caravan is an online store specializing in Moroccan carpets and clothing.  Takes personal checks or money order only.  Contact Addi Ouadderrou  580 Portland Avenue #2 St. Paul, MN 55102.  Phone 651-225-8237.  The email address is  Formerly Tamazgha Imports: Moroccan Carpets and Clothing

    Milton Cater Oriental Carpets:  old tribal & village rugs, world textiles  THE MOROCCO GALLERY  Byron Bay - Australia's most easterly point! phone us on 02 6687 1193 ( 61 2 6687 1193).  Email at

   Ebay the online auction/trading place frequently has Moroccan rugs and textiles for sale among it's products. Search Morocco

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