Between the Black Desert and the Red

December 18, 1999July 23, 2000

Turkmen Carpets from The Widersperg Collection
This important collection of Central Asian carpets and textiles was donated to the Fine Arts Museums by Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg in 1997. The Wiedersperg collection consists of 82 carefully chosen Turkmen rugs, bags, and decorative hangings. Objects in the collection include outstanding examples by the major Turkmen rug-producing tribes as well as many rare examples, some of which are considered the finest of their type, and serve to create a cross-section of the Turkmen weaving tradition.

This exhibition celebrates the Wiederspergs' generous donation to the Fine Arts Museums and features more than 20 of the finest objects from the collection.