Event: London Antique Rug and Textile Art fair (LARTA) 2017

Event dates 24–29 January 2017

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art fair (LARTA) was launched in 2011 and is the only specialist fair dedicated to the appreciation of antique rug and textile art. Our event brings together quality decorative pieces and interesting collectors’ items presented by some of the UK and Europe’s most dynamic and knowledgeable dealers.

Our aim is to promote this vibrant art form to a wide audience. The scope of our interest is broad, and includes weavings from the Far East, Central Asia, Persia, India, Turkey, the Caucasus as well as from Europe and Africa, and from all periods up to the early twentieth century in Europe. Clients include collectors, interior decorators and designers, private buyers and international dealers.

The quality of the exhibitors at LARTA guarantees an event of high artistic significance and cultural merit. Many of our dealers exhibit regularly at important international antiques fairs and specialist symposiums. Several have written expert articles and books, travelled extensively to learn about the material culture and traditions of the weaving regions, and celebrated this extensive subject through exhibitions in their galleries.

When you visit LARTA, you will be able to choose from thousands of pieces at all price levels in a range of materials, techniques, colours and styles. There will be eye-catching showstoppers as well as affordable furnishing pieces and collectible rarities. In 2017, LARTA has broadened its offering to include exceptional twentieth-century carpets by modernist and art deco designers, and a very select choice of contemporary designer rugs. In addition, there will be a select presentation of Islamic art and objects. Your visit to LARTA will be a seductive feast of colour, form and texture, a truly memorable experience!

For more information, visit the LARTA website.

Event: London Antique Rug and Textile Art fair (LARTA) 2016

LARTA 2016 - Joss Graham Gallery

Event dates 14–17 April 2016

Now in its sixth year, the London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA) will once again take place at The Showroom, Penfold St, London NW8. The collectors’ preview and opening reception for invited guests will be on 14 April 2016, from 6pm–10pm. Please contact LARTA for a complimentary invitation.

The fair’s objective remains to present rare and beautiful antique rugs, carpets and textiles to discerning collectors, decorators and a wider general audience interested in the woven arts and design. Visitors to LARTA 2016 will have the opportunity to source items originating from Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China, as well as from Europe and Africa, and from all periods up to the early twentieth century.

This year, the exhibitor list will be as strong as ever. As well as regular exhibitors (including OATG member Joss Graham), LARTA are delighted to announce four exciting new exhibitors: Molly Hogg Antique Textiles from London, Heritage Rugs from Bristol, Hakiemie Rugs from London and Tribal Rugs Gallery from Essex. The broad range of specialisms of the dealers ensures that LARTA 2016 will once again be a truly high quality and eclectic event. Expect to see rare collectors’ items alongside beautiful decorative items in a bazaar-like atmosphere.

For more information, visit the LARTA website.

Event: Tribal Art London

Tribal Art London


Event dates: 2 – 5 September 2015

London’s most distinctive art fair, Tribal Art London, reveals the exciting artistry and cultural iconography of tribal peoples the world over. Discover African dance masks, Aboriginal battle shields, decorative house carvings from Papua New Guinea, jewellery and adornment, textiles, rare ethnographic photographs and contemporary works. Get an insight into mystical figures created to give power and protection, ritualistic headwear worn by dancing warriors, beadwork crowns and feather capes worn by chieftans from South America to southern Africa. Works for sale also hail from India, China, Tibet, Southeast Asia and Northern Europe.

The current ‘Indigenous Australia’ exhibition at the British Museum has provoked a huge interest in Aboriginal works recently, and values are rocketing. Tribal works are highly sought-after by contemporary and modern art collectors and interior decorators, as they complement many types of abstract art so well, and artists have long been inspired by tribal forms. All the artefacts offered by exhibitors are early pieces, made for purpose.

Items on sale at this year’s fair will include:
– an early twentieth-century ceremonial dance skirt from the Admiralty Islands of Papua New Guinea, made of small snail shell beads
– a ‘coiffured’ carved wooden headdress worn only by women of the Sande Society, Mende peoples (Sierra Leone & Liberia)
– a rare pair of Nigerian Yoruba Ibeji figures representing twins, which were seen as a blessing and the harbingers of luck and good fortune
– a fine chieftan’s stool from the Cook Islands, South Pacific dating to the early nineteenth century carved from a single piece of wood
– Aboriginal ‘churinga’ or message board carved with mythological symbols using stone, shell or possum teeth tools

Tribal Art London is the UK’s only specialist event for collectors of fine ethnographic works, and OATG member Joss Graham will be one of the exhibitors at the event this year, with a wide range of textiles for sale.

For more information, visit the Tribal Art London website.