The tribal rugs of Iran: Brian MacDonald
May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Brian W. MacDonald FRGS
During the 1970s, whilst carrying out reconnaissance work for two university archaeological expeditions in southern Iran, Brian travelled extensively throughout that country as well as in Afghanistan and Turkey. In 1972, he lived and worked amongst two tribal groups in Iran – the Afshar of Kerman Province and the Qashqa’i of Fars – making him one of the very few world carpet dealers who have actually spent ‘time in the field’. From 1973 onwards, he worked in Kerman in southern Iran until just before the Iranian Revolution.
Brian has returned to Iran on several occasions in the 1990s onwards, travelling and collecting rugs and dowry bags amongst the Bakhtiari, Qashqa’i and Shahsevan tribes.
Since the 1980s, he has been dealing in the most exquisite 19th century tribal weavings, based in the Cotswolds, where he still acts as a dealer, lecturer and consultant today.
Brian’s book Tribal Rugs – Treasures of the Black Tent was first published in October 1997 and received a warm reception from collectors, dealers and enthusiasts worldwide. Ghereh International Carpet & Textle Review (Spring 1998) described it as “one of the finest books written on tribal rugs”.
Tribal Rugs – Treasures of the Black Tent is now in its 3rd up-dated re-print and is now available (August 2017).