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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 199

In this issue, a charity initiative takes the tiger and tiger rugs as inspiration for contemporary carpet art. There are Indonesian textiles in Singapore, as the Asian Civilisations Museum invites reassessment of Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles (1781-1826), while the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles exhibits batik textiles collected on Java by King Chulalongkorn of Siam between 1871 and 1901.

Curators from the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford introduce textiles from Nagaland in northeastern India; parallels are drawn between the artworks of classic modernism and Moroccan tribal carpets; röllakan, Sweden’s distinctive, multi-purpose flatwoven folk textiles, are explored in detail, as are the arts of Qajar Persia in the Rietberg Museum’s textile-rich ‘Shades of Elegance’.

The regular Auction Price Guide section reveals that five Khotan ‘RKO’ design rugs came under the hammer in London and Boston last quarter; plus we report on results for a selection of pieces from the collections of Hans König, Ronnie Newman and Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza. Cotswolds-based collector Bob Bell is visited at home surrounded by an eclectic array of rugs and the new Director and CEO of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Thomas Campbell, discusses the FAMSF’s world-class textile collection.

Exhibition reviews come from ‘Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria’ at The Fowler Museum at UCLA and ‘Veiled, Unveiled! The Headscarf’ at Weltmuseum Wien, plus there are reports on The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) Maastricht; London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) and San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show.

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  • First Issue: Spring 1978
  • Latest Issue: Spring 2019
  • Issue Count: 201
  • Page Count: 35,296
  • 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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