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Arts Society lecture: The Art of the Turkmen Nomads: searching for the woven art of the nomads

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 01:00 pm

The Arts Society Painswick has been meeting at The Painswick Centre for over 20 years. They put on monthly lectures covering a wide range of topics with guest speakers. If you are interested in becoming a member please visit their website at www.theartssocietypainswick.org.uk or email them at [email protected]

The lecture starts at 11am in the Beacon Hall, with coffee available from 10am. There is free parking at Stamages Lane car park, a short level walk through the village.

October’s lecture is The Art of the Turkmen Nomads: searching for the woven art of the nomads, by Brian Macdonald.

‘My time spent in Iran and Afghanistan during the 1970s, began to foster a passion for the wonderful woven art produced by nomads on basic ground looms. My subsequent visits were spent travelling and searching amongst nomadic tribes for these exquisite 19th century weavings, which have become harder to find and have now virtually disappeared amongst the tribes themselves.

This lecture illustrates the woven art of the nomads as they moved over the lands they have travelled for generations. The audience will have the opportunity of seeing their way of life and looking at the 19th century rugs and utilitarian weavings, similar to those which I discovered during my forays into the different tribal territories.

Brian Macdonald has been dealing in antique and old tribal rugs, dowry weavings and decorative carpets from the Near East and Central Asia since 1979. From 1972-1977 he lived and worked in Iran, spending the best part of a year amongst two tribal groups, the Afshar of Kerman province and the Qashqa’i of Fars, making me fortunate enough to be one of the few world dealers to have spent time ‘in the field’.

I also travelled extensively throughout Afghanistan and Turkey and in 1990 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for my work amongst the Persian Tribes.

Since 1986, I have been a lecturer for The Arts Society and for 16 years I owned Samarkand Galleries in Stow-on-the-Wold. The third edition of my book, ‘Tribal Rugs: Treasures of the Black Tent’, was reprinted in August 2017 and has been extensively updated.’

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