Unexhibited Collections of the Georgian National Museum – Carpets and Rugs from 18th – 20th centuries

Date: 02 May 2006 – 02 June 2006

Museum: Museum of Georgia

Georgian National Museum Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia invites you at the opening of the exhibition of the unique collection from its treasury which has not been displayed to the public for 150 years. The opening event will take place on 2nd of May 2006 at 6 p.m.

Daghestani, Iranian, Afghan, Turkmen, Armenian, Azeri and Georgian exhibits demonstrate the culture of carpet and rug production in Asian and Caucasian regions.

Old carpets and rugs carry important information. Colour, ornament and technology of the textile reflects ancient cultural traditions of any civilization - as any carpet is an expression of ethnic life-style, peculiarities of production and world outlook.

First of all the progress in carpet making was connected with the development of sheep-breeding. The regions that succeeded in the sphere of producing carpets tried to breed sheep with long and smooth fur, as the textile made from it would be more flexible and lustrous. To weave fine quality carpets wool was selected carefully: it was important to differentiate spring and autumn wools. Wool that was sheared in spring was better, as the fur at this time is cleaner and smoother. They used lamb's fur to weave most precious and fine carpets. These carpets are light and lustrous.

We think that the unknown collection of the museum will be of great interest not only for the specialists, but also for the broad public. The exhibition will offer an opportunity to observe the evolution of carpet-rug history and find distinctions in various types and methods of weaving.

 Address: Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, 3 Shota Rustaveli Avenue. Tbilisi, Georgia.