To increase the appreciation of antique weaving art
To advance knowledge and understanding of antique weavings
To assist collectors in the acquisition and placement of beautiful and
About DeWitt Mallary
Over the past three decades, DeWitt Mallary has collected, studied,
written, and talked about carpets and textiles. Originally concentrating on
Baluch and Turkmen rugs, his interests expanded to include most of the rug
weaving areas, then to textiles beyond pile carpets.
- delivered papers and presentations to rug societies, at auction
houses, at museums, and at symposiums across America and in Europe.
- presented items from his collections and chaired forums at the American
Conference on Oriental Rugs.
- presented papers at International
Conferences on Oriental Rugs.
- curated exhibitions at Museums and Carpet Conferences.
- taught about the history and scope of
- been a Contributing Editor of HALI magazine for the
last twenty years.
Based in New York, he has had the additional benefit of seeing many of
the thousands of pieces that have passed through the markets, public and
private, in the past three decades.
Finally, he has had the opportunity of learning from dealers, collectors, auction house experts, conservators, and
academics, many of whose knowledge and taste have contributed greatly to his
perspective on a more sensitive understanding of these objects.
There are many different manifestations of beauty in the enormous variety
of woven objects from across the recent millenia. Some epitomize the height
of refinement and sophistication, and are the pinnacles of fine art from
their cultures and times. Others are the simplest expressions of the only
visual art form available in the lives of nomadic people.
Some are refined and subtle, not only in their appearance, but in every
aspect of their manufacture - the preparation of the materials, fineness of
construction, range and quality of dyes.
Some are bold, assertive, statements with simple and powerful graphics.
Almost every possible permutation between these extremes can be found.
I have been lucky enough to have had my eyes opened to the beauty of
these wonderful objects, and have found them to be a doorway to appreciation
and understanding of other arts, other cultures, and history. I enjoy
sharing my enthusiasm for this art form.
Here on the site, and in the inventory, you will find expressions of many
of these variations - from bold strong graphic statements of "Baluch" tribal
weavers to the high refinement of 17th century silks from Safavid Iran, from
the extreme care and relative luxury of the finest Turkmen tribal dowry
weavings to superior examples of everyday Kurdish utilitarian objects.
Weaving in general, and certainly most weaving from the 19th century and
before, is an anonymous art form. This is one significant reason that the
weaving arts have not received the degree of academic attention and public
recognition that have been devoted to other art forms, "fine" and
However, owning a beautiful piece doesn't have to subject one to years
of advanced study of art historical and technical minutiae; it's OK
to just enjoy living with beautiful things (or even one). The only real
secret knowledge is this - you have to open your eyes.