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As the world leader in its field HALI – the name means carpet in Turkish – has become the centre of the textile world for curators, collectors, dealers, enthusiasts, academics and experts since it started in 1978. Described as “the benchmark against which all other art publications measure their quality”, HALI is an international quarterly magazine of exceptional style that has become essential reading for the amateur and the connoisseur alike.

Through its in-depth articles and international reporting HALI covers the textile arts of all cultures and periods offering the reader a unique and multilayered insight into the nature and history of nations through their woven arts.

As the glue that holds the international rug and textile art market together, HALI plays a pivotal role in the field of carpets and textiles by leading trends, tastes and opinions as well as promoting the business through its comprehensive editorial coverage. HALI also offers a number of Textile Tours annually as well as publishing books.

Latest Issue

This issue, there are exciting announcements about HALI London in June 2019—a celebration of 200 editions and forty years of HALI magazine. The main feature reveals masterpieces in Moscow’s State Museum of Oriental Art on the 100th anniversary of the museum’s founding. The influence of artforms upon one another through cultural exchange down the ages is a key focus for several articles: the Kashmir shawl served as a vector for design ideas during the revival of commercial Transcaucasian rug production in the late 19th century; Baluch rugs are juxtaposed with contemporary art with a theme of night skies; Agnes Martin paintings meet Navajo blankets and a current Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition is titled ‘Southwest Weavings: 800 Years of Artistic Exchange’. A true 20th-century great is hailed in the current Anni Albers exhibition at Tate Modern; a Swiss exhibition reveals the beauty, shame and glory within European printed cottons; Thomas Murray reflects on ‘Oceania’ at the RA, and there are Zeki Müren rugs on show in Milan. During a Lorenzo Lotto exhibition, we ask how closely the painter should really be associated with the ‘Lotto’ rug design. There is a foretaste of what can be expected from a project involving a previously unknown Russian collection of Central Asian silk ikat costume; a tangled web of claim and counter claim surrounds a group of inscribed prayer rugs; a fundamentally different reading of Anatolian kilims to that offered in a recent publication is offered, as well as a close look at a ceremonial Salor Turkmen kejebe camel trapping. Plus reports on Sotheby’s final dedicated carpet sale, a group of spectacular Iznik pieces, the new carpet galleries at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, ARTS San Francisco, Istanbul Carpet Week and news of all the international exhibitions, fairs, auctions and events to attend in 2019.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1978
  • Latest Issue: Winter 2018
  • Issue Count: 200
  • Page Count: 35,148
  • Published: Quarterly
  • ISSN: 2059-5336

HALI was launched in 1978 as a response to the new emerging interest in antique carpets and new discoveries in textile research. The beautifully produced publication soon became a benchmark against which all art and antique magazines have been measured.

HALI made an international name for itself through charting unknown territories in the world of antique textiles, defining rugs types and revealing new research into ancient works of art.

Through HALI magazine readers have been able to delve into a wealth of private and public archives, taking a tour of the world’s greatest hidden riches with leading experts in subjects that extend beyond rugs, textiles and Islamic arts.

HALI covers the textile arts of all cultures and periods in an eclectic mixture of articles, which range from sumptuously illustrated original scholarly features to lively, provocative reviews of exhibitions and books. These are balanced by the up to date news-oriented market sections, which include reports of dealers’ shows worldwide and the essential HALI diary.

Within HALI’s unique and extensively researched Auction Price Guide and Auction Review sections readers are offered the only searchable index of antique rug, textile and tapestry auction results from international auction houses since 1978 accompanied by price analysis, commentary and comparison.

Other regular sections include Traveller’ Tales, which takes the reader on an ever-changing textiles tour around the wide world; Anatomy of an Object examines the structure and design of a specific piece, offering in-depth knowledge of a rug or textile type; Thread of Time finds the links between seemingly unrelated textiles offering great insights into a multitude of other cultures and histories; The HALI Interview provides personal insights from leading curators and collectors.

HALI is a rich resource for any individual who takes interest in the world of textiles, antiques and ancient arts. The contemporary world of design owes much to the patterns and forms of the ancient artefacts that feature on HALI’s pages, making it an inspiring publication for a wide audiences.

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