The inaugural London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair (LARTA) was held at the end of March in London’s fantastic new venue ‘The Showroom’. Located between Edgware Road and St John’s Wood, the rooms were soon overflowing with London’s most beautiful rugs and textiles, and some of the United Kingdom’s best carpet dealers. Drawing a crowd of discerning collectors and designers, as well as a wider audience, the opening night was such a success that there was barely room to breathe. Still the crowds could not draw attention away from the magnificent strength of the textiles on display.
Carpets and textiles from as far and wide as Anatolia, the Caucasus, Persia, Central Asia, India and China, were displayed by some of London’s most discerning dealers including: Marilyn Garrow, Joss Graham, Anthony Hazledine, Christopher and Angela Legge, Andy Lloyd, Joshua Lumley, Aaron Nejad, Owen Parry, Pars Rug Gallery, Persian Carpet Studio, and Seneh Carpets. Publishers Hali and Oxiana Books were also welcome additions to the event. It was this range and diversity of excellent participators that made LARTA such an exciting event – the dealers’ deep and rich understanding of the carpets they were selling was matched by the friendly, convivial environment which overflowed into an impromptu and generous shared Sunday lunch of eastern Anatolian delicacies. Certainly for the Cornucopia team it was a weekend of laughter, jollity, and welcome visits from some of our dedicated subscribers. Roll on LARTA 2012!