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All change in 2017 for LARTA, Europe’s only major specialist Fair
for fine antique rugs, tapestries and textiles:
new Battersea Park venue, new look, new dates and a roster of new exhibitors
The next London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) will take place 24th to 29th January 2017 at an
exciting new location, the Battersea Evolution Marquee, within the Winter Decorative Antiques &
Textiles Fair, at Battersea Park, London.
LARTA was launched as an annual Fair in 2011 to provide the UK with its only high-end specialist
event to focus on fine antique carpets and textiles for collectors, decorators and trade buyers. LARTA
continues to be the only major event in this field, not just in the UK but in Europe too, and as such
draws an international clientele. The Fair offers an unparalleled choice to everyone with an interest in
woven art, and next year it will be bigger and better than ever, showing the most diverse selection and
highest quality to date.
The Fair’s spacious new location on the Mezzanine of the Marquee enjoys wonderful light-filled views
across Battersea Park. Exhibitors, whose number will increase by 50% to nearly 20, are leading
specialists in woven works of all periods to the early 20th century, and from across the world. Buyers
flock to the Fair to find luxurious antique tapestries and popular embroideries such as suzanis; exotic
silks from China and Italy; rugs, kelims and runners from the Middle East, the Caucasus, Persia, India
and the Himalayas; specialist textiles including ikat, batik and African tribal cloths; clothing and
headwear; ethnic jewellery, and associated works of art. Carpets for sale will date from 18th century
rarities to Modernist masterpieces and, for the first time, contemporary hand-woven designer pieces.
LARTA has grown year by year since it launched, and several important new participants join the
event in 2017. Liberty – Oriental Carpets, the world-famous department from Liberty of London, has
been enticed to take part in what will be their first ever fair, while C. John Rare Carpets, doyen of the
London trade, veteran of the Grosvenor House Fair, and the only fine carpet gallery to hold a Royal
Warrant, will bring important carpets, tapestries and textiles of all periods including Modernist. Also
new is Peta Smyth, internationally- renowned expert in European textiles of the 16th to 19th
centuries, and textiles from further afield intended for the European market; Gideon Hatch, a leader
in the field of original contemporary carpet designs and Arian Arts with a choice collection of Islamic
textiles and art. Turkmen Gallery of Belgravia, Marilyn Garrow, expert in magnificent embroideries
from Europe and the Orient, and Brian MacDonald Antique Rugs return to the Fair, joining regular
exhibitors such as Aaron Nejad, James Cohen Antique Carpets, Owen Parry, Galerie Arabesque of
Stuttgart, Seneh Carpets, Hakiemie Rugs Ltd and Andy Lloyd.
Scenes from past LARTA Fairs. Images courtesy Daniel Shaffer
The Organisers of the Decorative Fair have welcomed us as a complimentary event, although LARTA is
completeley independent. Our successful Virtual Fair, the online viewing gallery that goes live at as the Fair opens, is an excellent resource we will continue to deliver. Dealers post
images and details of their best pieces and many buyers have come to purchase at the Fair as a result.
We anticipate exciting times ahead with these major developments for LARTA –not just for visitors but
for our new and existing exhibitors too - in 2017, and look forward to our new space at the Battersea
Evolution Marquee alongside the wonderful Decorative Fair.
London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA)
Battersea Evolution (The Marquee), Battersea Park, London SW11
24th to 29th January 2017
Tuesday 24 January
Wednesday 25 January
Thursday 26 January
Friday 27 January
Saturday 28 January
Sunday 29 January
Courtesy shuttles shared with the Decorative Fair run from the Sloane Square Hotel to the Marquee
approximately four times an hour during opening hours.
[email protected]
LARTA Ltd, +44 (0) 7976 826218 (Aaron Nejad)
Arian Art (London) - Islamic textiles and art
James Cohen Antique Carpets (London) - Rare and collectable pieces mainly from Persia, Turkey,
Turkmenistan, Tibet, China and the Caucasus
Galerie Arabesque (Stuttgart, Germany) - Antique rugs, with specialist expertise in Balouch and Turkoman
pieces, kilims and textiles, Asian works of art and other artefacts
Marilyn Garrow (Suffolk) - Antique textiles, specialist in magnificent embroideries from Europe and the Orient
Hakiemie Rugs (London) - Antique and old oriental rugs and carpets
Gideon Hatch (London) - Contemporary designer carpets
Liberty - Oriental Carpets (London) - Antique, old and newly handmade woven rugs and carpets
Andy Lloyd (Bath) - Fine antique rugs, carpets and textiles
C. John Rare Carpets (London) - Important carpets, tapestries and textiles of all periods, including Modernist
Brian MacDonald Antique Rugs (Cotswolds) - Antique Eastern rugs, carpets, kilims and tribal dowry weavings
Aaron Nejad Antique Carpets (London) - Rugs, carpets and textiles from the East and Europe to early C20th
Owen Parry (Abergavenny, Wales) - A focus on the best and oldest material, concentrating on colour and rarity
Seneh Carpets (London) - Fine and decorative rugs and carpets from around the world
Peta Smyth (London) - European textiles of the C16th to C19th and textiles from further afield intended for the
European market
Tribal Rugs Gallery (Essex) - Rare rugs and carpets
Turkmen Gallery (London) - Costume and adornment especially from Central Asia and Afghanistan
Markus Voigt Textiles (Kent) - Textiles of every kind from across the world
The specialist publications Carpet Collector, HALI Magazine and Cornucopia also exhibit.

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