Chris Alexander

Tuesday 25th June 2019


This is a narrative approach to the revival of 15th century carpet designs from the illuminated manuscripts in Khiva, a desert oasis in Uzbekistan. Illuminations on vellum - containing the only surviving representations of textiles from this era - flourished, despite the Islamic prohibition on representative art. This lecture examines the traditional role of carpet weaving and embroidery in the social lives of Central Asian women and how social and political influences led to the decline of textile production.