Short course
The World at Your Feet: Carpets from East to West

Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Tuesday 26 March 2019

  • Tuesday 15 January 2019 - Tuesday 26 March 2019

  • Seminar Room 4

  • Course price £380.00 - £472.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Explore how hand-knotted carpets as indicators of wealth and good taste have furnished the most important and the most humble dwellings. Discover their use in palaces and places of worship, in the tents of nomadic people and even buried with the dead. Displayed in great museums and sold in department stores, hand-knotted carpets can be items of great luxury or every-day furnishings.

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Jennifer Wearden

Course Leader Jennifer Wearden

Jennifer Wearden was Senior Curator of Textiles in the V&A's Department of Furniture, Textiles & Fashion until 2005 and is now an Honorary Research Fellow. With experience of the textile industry in Lancashire, and 28 years working with the textiles collections in the V&A, she now uses her knowledge to devise and deliver successful courses.

The V&A offers stimulating and rewarding short courses. I had the opportunity to expand my knowledge on periods of history of which I had limited experience. 2016/17 Short Course Student

Course Overview

Learn about carpets from the Muslim world of Turkey, Egypt, Spain, Iran, Mughal India, the Caucasus and Central Asia and see how the technique used to produce these expensive floor coverings was copied in England to meet the needs of the nobility and in France to enhance the prestige of the king. You will step into the fascinating world of hand-knotted carpets and study how they have been designed, made, used and traded from the Middle Ages to the present day.


Further information

• This course has a Half Term break on 19 February • Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Short course: The World at Your Feet: Carpets from East to West

15 January 2019 - 26 March 2019

£380.00 - £472.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)