In honor of International Women’s Day, we celebrate the female weavers who designed and created most of the works in The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs. To better understand these artists, we asked for an expert’s opinion. Walter B. Denny, the exhibition’s guest curator and the distinguished professor… Read More »
The small octagonal tent, created as late as 1900, served as a garden pavilion, or fabric gazebo, that offered a shady retreat form the hot sun. Featuring intricate velvet and embroidered designs, this pleasure tent was ideal for outdoor activities. With a central pol, tents such as this are depicted in Persian art from the… Read More »
St. Louis businessman James F. Ballard was one of the 20th century’s top collectors of Oriental carpets. Opening Sunday, March 6, The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs exhibition highlights the extraordinary range of his collection, including more than 50 carpets and two Persian pleasure tents.