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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

HALI celebrates its 200th issue, after more than 40 years of bringing the world’s best carpet and textile art to its discerning international readership. Rather than indulging in nostalgia, this special issue marks the occasion by looking forward to an interesting future in our specialist field.

With features ranging from some of the oldest known Eurasian carpets and tapestries, and a neglected silk masterpiece in a Persian royal tomb, as well as a ‘rediscovered’ grand Mamluk carpet in Italy, to traditional striated Berber shawls of the Anti-Atlas in Morocco, and an Ainu elm-bark fibre ceremonial robe from Hokkaido in Japan, HALI 200 spans the continents and eras.

Leading private collectors in Morocco, Germany, Canada and the UK have opened their doors to give HALI’s readers a glimpse of their outstanding holdings of Rabat embroideries, Turkmen tribal rugs and needlework from Central Asia, and Turkish village rugs, as well as a broad selection of Indian, African and Far Eastern textiles. And we profile the legendary basketball star and rug collector Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The contribution of museum collections to advancing carpet and textile scholarship is represented by articles on two Persian carpets in Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, and the Lloyd Cotsen ‘Textile Traces’ Study Collection of fragments at the GWU/Textile Museum in Washington, DC. And we review a new book on the Indonesian textiles in Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1978
  • Latest Issue: Summer 2019
  • Issue Count: 202
  • Page Count: 35,508
  • 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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