HALI

Archived since Spring 1978 Complete Archive

199 issues

HALI is an international quarterly magazine covering the world of carpets, textiles and Islamic art. The eclectic mixture of articles encompasses sumptuously illustrated scholarly features, lively reviews of exhibitions and books as well as market news and insightful commentary.

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Two ambitious exhibitions celebrating Italy’s interaction with the Islamic world took place in Florence and Urbino this summer—the focus of two feature articles this issue; Michael Franses discusses the historical carpets, and their exemplary display, in ‘Il Montefeltro e l’Oriente Islamico’, held within a Renaissance palace, while Ashmolean Museum curator Francesca Leoni explores Italian collectors’ enduring fascination for Islamic art. The British Museum’s new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World displays the material culture of a region that stretches from West Africa to Southeast Asia, and Anatolian kilims have been entrusted to the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. There is news of a tapestry commissioned by King Henry VIII assumed lost for 250 years; an appreciation of Hans König’s knowledge of his East Turkestan rugs; recently acquired barkcloth paintings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and an Aga Khan Museum loan installation of five silk lampas fragments made for Christian communities in the high period of Ottoman luxury textile weaving. Aaron Nejad revisits Ukraine to continue his research into the region’s ‘Bessarabian’ kilims; the leopard is at the core of two subversive attacks in African textiles from the DR Congo and Ghana; Madagascan and ancient Peruvian textiles crop up in the exhibition reviews; and in Marketplace, carpets in this season’s auctions are previewed alongside reports from Sartirana Textile Show and two exhibitions at London galleries.

Subjects: Art, Culture, Textiles

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HALI is an international quarterly magazine covering the world of carpets, textiles and Islamic art. The eclectic mixture of articles encompasses sumptuously illustrated scholarly features, lively reviews of exhibitions and books as well as market news and insightful commentary.

  • First Issue: Spring 1978
  • Latest Issue: Autumn 2018
  • Issue Count: 199
  • Published: Quarterly
  • ISSN: 2059-5336

HALI was launched in 1978 as a response to the new emerging interest in antique carpets and new discoveries in textile research. The beautifully produced publication soon became a benchmark against which all art and antique magazines have been measured.

HALI made an international name for itself through charting unknown territories in the world of antique textiles, defining rugs types and revealing new research into ancient works of art.

Through HALI magazine readers have been able to delve into a wealth of private and public archives, taking a tour of the world’s greatest hidden riches with leading experts in subjects that extend beyond rugs, textiles and Islamic arts.

HALI covers the textile arts of all cultures and periods in an eclectic mixture of articles, which range from sumptuously illustrated original scholarly features to lively, provocative reviews of exhibitions and books. These are balanced by the up to date news-oriented market sections, which include reports of dealers’ shows worldwide and the essential HALI diary.

Within HALI’s unique and extensively researched Auction Price Guide and Auction Review sections readers are offered the only searchable index of antique rug, textile and tapestry auction results from international auction houses since 1978 accompanied by price analysis, commentary and comparison.

Other regular sections include Traveller’ Tales, which takes the reader on an ever-changing textiles tour around the wide world; Anatomy of an Object examines the structure and design of a specific piece, offering in-depth knowledge of a rug or textile type; Thread of Time finds the links between seemingly unrelated textiles offering great insights into a multitude of other cultures and histories; The HALI Interview provides personal insights from leading curators and collectors.

HALI is a rich resource for any individual who takes interest in the world of textiles, antiques and ancient arts. The contemporary world of design owes much to the patterns and forms of the ancient artefacts that feature on HALI’s pages, making it an inspiring publication for a wide audiences.

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