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London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA)

Event preview

THE LONDON Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA) was launched in 2011 to provide a new specialist interest event for collectors and connoisseurs of the woven image. It is also the UK’s only dedicated specialist rug, carpet and textile fair.

The second staging of the Fair will be held from March 22 to March 25, 2012.

The range of exhibits has increased further in scope and breadth, and is presented by experienced international dealers in rugs and carpets, tapestries and textiles, from the East (Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China) as well as Europe and Africa.

Works for sale will span all periods up to the early 20th century.

Colour, texture and exotic histories blend together at this souk-like Fair, where the visitor can view and buy fine collectors’ items alongside unusual and well-priced decorative pieces.

The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair celebrates the use of form and colour in the woven image either as an art form or as part of any decorative scheme. Customers at the inaugural 2011 event included museum curators, international and UK collectors and interior designers.

Many of the exhibitors have travelled widely in the Middle East, some have even lived amongst the peoples (many nomadic in nature) who create distinctive traditional tribal rugs and weavings. A few arrange trips and expeditions to the ‘Stans and Caucasus (between the Black and Caspian Seas) etc with their clients.

Admission: Free.

Times: Thursday, March 22 (Opening Night), 6pm – 10pm; Friday, March 23, 11am – 7pm; Saturday, March 24, 11am – 7pm; Sunday, March 25, 11am – 5pm.

Venue: The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, Marylebone, London, NW8 8PQ, a moment’s walk from Edgware Road underground station.