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Virtual Fair. London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair

Virtual Fair. London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair
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Detail Lakai Double-Sided Embroidered Bag 36cm x 27cm Central Asia Early 20th century (Aaron Nejad)

London’s Leading Textile & Rug Event Goes Global with the Launch of a Virtual Fair. Luxury and design!

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, organised by London-based dealer Aaron Nejad, will return for its fourth annual event this Spring from 3-6 April 2014.  With a dozen leading specialists in rugs and textiles taking part, LARTA is the most important event of its kind in the UK, attracting collectors, interior designers and buyers looking for that special piece for their home. Antique Persian rug specialist Ornamentum Ltd from Surrey joins the 11 other regular Fair participants for the first time this year.

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Detail Fine Antique ‘Kurk’ Kashan Carpet Central Persia, Circa 1920
size 4.05m x 3.02m, Wool Pile on Cotton Foundation. An exceptional fine antique Kashan carpet with an all over ‘mina khani’ design imposed upon a miniature medallion interspersed with vines and four equally spaced garlands. The carpet has been in Switzerland for the last 25 years. (Ornamentum)

A new initiative for 2014 will be the launch of an online Virtual Fair which will go live at the same time as the Fair opens the evening of Thursday 3rd April.

Participants will be given their own gallery space on the LARTA website, www.larta.net, to display the stock they are bringing to the Fair. Web visitors will be able to contact each dealer direct during the Fair to buy or enquire after items, and the online gallery will indicate when items have sold.

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detail of a Cretan silk-embroidered young woman’s skirt panel, late 18th century. (James Cohen)

Aaron Nejad, Organiser, comments on this development: “The LARTA Fair was created to be the UK’s major focal point for international collectors of rugs and textiles. Whilst many make the pilgrimage each year to view and buy in person from our exhibitors, we wanted to broaden our sales opportunities to a global level.  By creating a Virtual Fair, which can be viewed whilst the real-life event takes place, we can now invite all of our customers, wherever they are in the world, to see items for sale at any time of day or night – but with the excitement and anticipation that comes with a collective display such as a Fair. Serious collectors, museums and international interior decorators now have the opportunity to view the most important stock from a group of leading specialists at the touch of a button or screen.”

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Detail of an Italian 15th century silk velvet textile. (Galerie Arabesque)

LARTA 2014 will offer textiles originating from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China, as well as from Europe and Africa, and from all periods up to the early 20th century.

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An important silk Patola (weavings using the most complicated double ikat technique) from Gujarat, India, C19th or earlier. Made for the Indonesian market as textiles of superior high status and used in sacred ceremonies. The silk shows four large elephants (very rare, only a few dozen are known to exist depicting elephants) in a procession accompanied by dancers, animals, carriages, tigers, horse riders, etc. 400 x 100 cm. Markus Voigt

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