Our favourite chapter in the book is simply titled A Passion for Horses and Yurt Decorations. The chapter mainly displays embroidery by the Lakai and Kungrat Uzbek tribes of central Asia. The saddle-covers and horse head covers are especially divine, patterned, colourful and chock-full of tassels.
The Islamic Embroidery Exhibition
The Islamic Embroidery exhibition, curated by Isabelle Denamur, exhibited a massive range of textiles, super varied in origin and use, ranging from far-and-wide in the Islamic world: Morocco through to Persia across central and western Asia:
What that academic description omits is the freshness of the colours, in silks that have been protected for many years: vibrant reds, pinks and greens are mouthwateringly crisp, as if the tiny, seamless stitches were executed last week rather than a century ago. As we move through the rooms, more stories of the lives behind the pieces emerge. –The National
written by Isabella Toledo