If you’re interested in exploring the exquisite world of hand-woven rugs, textiles and tribal art, then you want to visit HALI, which is not only a pivotal magazine but also a fair and festival.

The festival offers a chance for enthusiasts to deepen their knowledge of collecting antique and vintage rugs and textiles, and to discover how textiles have been, and continue to be, an important form of artistic expression. 2019 HALI London is taking place in across the months of June and July and includes a symposium of lectures from world experts, various programmes of events, guided and private tours, and the HALI Fair itself.

Booking and registration is now open via this link. For Barnebys readers only, HALI is offering 25% off full price Premium and Foundation HALI London tickets when entered during the Eventbrite booking process and used before 19 May 2019. Your unique code is HALILondon_Barnebys.

Quilted Chintz Bedcover, Coromandel Coast for the European Market, first quarter of the 18th century. Mordant and resist-dyed cotton. TAPI Collection, Surat, TAPI 00.167. Photo courtesy HALI Quilted Chintz Bedcover, Coromandel Coast for the European Market, first quarter of the 18th century. Mordant and resist-dyed cotton. TAPI Collection, Surat, TAPI 00.167. Photo courtesy HALI

Walter B. Denny, speaker at the HALI Symposium, says, “An iconic art form, an iconic publication, and a milestone conference: this is an event not to be missed.”

Registration, which is discounted for HALI magazine subscribers, includes complimentary tickets to two other fairs taking place during London Art Week: The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia (19 to 28 June 2019) and Masterpiece London (27 June to 3 July 2019), as well as the aforementioned programme brimming with numerous events.

Man’s Cloth, Ewe People, Eastern Ghana or Southwest Togo, cotton, mid 20th century. Woven in narrow strips and then sewn together, Karun Collection. Photo courtesy HALI Man’s Cloth, Ewe People, Eastern Ghana or Southwest Togo, cotton, mid 20th century. Woven in narrow strips and then sewn together, Karun Collection. Photo courtesy HALI

Textiles are not only woven with colourful materials to depict stunning patterns, but are also woven with complex cultural narratives. In its 40th year and 200th edition, HALI London offers visitors the chance to unpack these complex stories: what better way to learn about history than through beautiful, visual cues?

HALI Magazine is the international quarterly publication focused on collectible rugs, carpets and textiles, and is widely recognised as an authoritative reference guide and quality art publication.

Neiriz ‘Tree’ Rug with Inscription, Fars Province, Southwest Persia, early 20th century. Sadegh Memarian, exhibiting at the HALI Fair at The Mall Galleries, 27-30 June 2019. Photo courtesy HALI Neiriz ‘Tree’ Rug with Inscription, Fars Province, Southwest Persia, early 20th century. Sadegh Memarian, exhibiting at the HALI Fair at The Mall Galleries, 27-30 June 2019. Photo courtesy HALI

Halı, the Turkish word for carpet or rug, has survived unchanged for over 1,000 years. Its ancient Turkish, classical Persian and Ottoman forms are phonetically identical to the modern Turkish. In modern Persian, classical Persian and Ottoman Turkish script, halı is represented by the same Arabic letters. Its ultimate origin is uncertain; it might be Turkish, but could be Sogdian.

Don't forget, you can get 25% off full price Premium and Foundation HALI London tickets using the unique code HALILondon_Barnebys when booking on Eventbrite before 19 May.

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