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Istanbul Carpet Week: Virtual edition, 21-23 October 2020

September 04, 2020

Widely recognised as an important part of the international rug calendar, Istanbul Carpet Week (ICW) is not going away—it’s just moving online this year. The organisers, Istanbul Carpet Exporters’ Association (iHiB), are demonstrating their commitment to the event by presenting the conference in October 2020 as a virtual event in partnership with COVER and HALI magazines

Zeren Göktan kilim by Dokhu

From 21–23 October registered delegates can attend a virtual fair which will see Turkish companies present their products on the world stage and offer appointments for online business-to-business meetings. Six bilingual lectures by leading names in rug design and research will be broadcast, followed by live Q&A sessions. Plus, delegates will have access to two virtual exhibitions. One will feature historic Turkish carpets from the Arkas collection and the other will focus on Caucasian carpets, currently on show at the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum (TIEM), recently restored in cooperation with the Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum in Baku.

Old yarn carpet, Knottise

Registration will be free, and the event will be designed to closely resemble previous editions. It promises to showcase remotely, the products, skills and knowledge of one of the world’s oldest traditional weaving centres. Register to attend the virtual edition of Istanbul Carpet Week.

Kolktif kilim by Dokhu

Those familiar with past editions of the event will welcome back the National Carpet Design Competition, which is typically the centrepiece of the ICW show—a demonstration of iHiB’s commitment to attract design graduates into the carpet industry. The selected rugs will be made and presented in May 2021. 

Caucasian carpet, Azerbaijan, 19th century. TIEM, Istanbul, no. 835

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