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Culture, Commerce and Carpets at the Aga Khan Museum

THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM’S CANADIAN-EXCLUSIVE EXHIBITION OF PAINTINGS AND TEXTILES EXAMINES CONNECTIONS BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST

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photo: Craig Moy

JUNE 6 TO OCTOBER 18  For centuries, rugs from Persia, Turkey and elsewhere in the Middle East have been prized for their vibrant colours, intricate patterns and masterful quality of their weaving. The Aga Khan Museum demonstrates just how desirable these textiles became—in their countries of manufacture, but also in the Western world—in its “A Thirst for Riches” exhibition. The compact but intriguing show juxtaposes exceptionally well-preserved carpets from the East with paintings by 17th-century Dutch and Flemish masters (as well as painted manuscripts from the museum’s own collection), recruiting each piece into a conversation about commerce, faith and cultural exchange.  —Craig Moy

• Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr., 416-646-4677; agakhanmuseum.org
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