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Imperial Threads: Motifs and artisans from Turkey, Iran and India

15 March to 4 November 2017
This exhibition will focus on the exchange of artistic and material cultures between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires. Highlighting MIA's masterpiece carpets, among other artworks, from Turkey, Iran and India, these objects will be contextualized within the historical circumstances of politics and artistic production of their time, primarily from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

Carpet Code (working title)

16 March 6:00pm - 7:00pm

MIA is delighted to welcome Faig Ahmed, a contemporary artist specialising in the Art and designs of traditional Islamic weaving.  Faig will explain how traditional carpet motifs have influenced his contemporary work and how he creates his modern masterpieces.  This is a rare and fascinating glimpse in to the ongoing appeal of Islamic Art and the production of carpets. 


Inspired by Imperial Threads

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday

19 March - 9 November 2017 8:30am - 10:30am (1 1/2 hour session)

School Workshop

School workshops based on the themes of the exhibition are available throughout the exhbition.  Group Size = 25 students.  To book, please contact 4422 4268 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Introduction to Carpet Weaving

19 - 23 March 4:00 pm  - 8:00 pm

A practical course to learn the principles of traditional carpet design as well as essential weaving techniques with Shorsh Saleh, lecturer at the Princes School of Traditional Arts in the UK.


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