The Splendors of Woven Art: Oriental Rugs and Textiles from the Reza Amindavar Collection Opens Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Tucson Museum of Art

June 14 / 2016

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The Splendors of Woven Art: Oriental Rugs and Textiles from the Reza Amindavar Collection
Opens Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the Tucson Museum of Art

TUCSON, ARIZONA (June 14, 2016) – The age-old tradition of weaving Oriental rugs and textiles has spanned at least two millennia and has created a deep and lasting impact in art and cultures throughout the world. The Splendors of Woven Art: Oriental Rugs and Textiles from the Reza Amindavar Collection features magnificent antique rugs, ceremonial textiles for weddings, décor for horses, dowry pieces, woven storage bags, door covers, and saddle bags. This exhibition opens to the public Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) in historic downtown Tucson.

The textiles are from more than a dozen countries including Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Daghestan (Russia), Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, and date from the early 1800s to 1950. Drawn entirely from a private Tucson collection, this exhibition was organized by TMA and curated by Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West.

Reza Amindavar, who has been collecting rugs and textiles for more than thirty years, has assembled a collection of exemplary tribal utilitarian rugs and textiles as well as palace rugs, which epitomize luxury and beauty. The exhibition represents a wide range of weaving styles, textures, designs, and techniques.
“This exhibition examines the artistry, refinement, and complexity of hand woven rugs and textiles of the Middle East and Caucus Countries that have never been seen in a

museum before,” said Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West. “Visitors have the opportunity to view bold, naturally dyed wools formed into intricate patterns and learn about the cultures from which these pieces have originated.”

“To me, the inherent beauty of these rugs and textiles is the tip of iceberg of what they genuinely represent. They are lasting hallmarks of cultures and heritages woven into the color, design, and elegance, revealing where and when they were made. After thirty years of searching and collecting the finest examples of this art, I am very much honored and thrilled to share this passion at the Tucson Museum of Art,” said Reza Amindavar.

The Splendors of Woven Art: Oriental Rugs and Textiles from the Reza Amindavar Collection will remain on view at TMA until October 2, 2016.

Upcoming:

Corbett House Days, July 26 – August 26, 2016

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