Detail from the north-west Persian carpet in the Esfahan style, offered for a price in excess of €30,000 by Massoud Milani.

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Running from June 27-30, the event successfully hosted 20 international dealers as part of a wider inaugural festival of textiles (HALI London). It was organised by antique rug and textile publication HALI magazine in celebration of its 40th anniversary and 200th edition.

Despite the heat of the weekend, organiser Ben Evans, also editor of HALI magazine, told ATG he was pleased with the attendance and response to the fair.

Talks, tours and activities were staged within the event to encourage footfall and many visitors came from overseas as well as the UK.

Jolly June

“June in London is always a good time,” Evans said. “We would like to do it again. Dealers did well and there’s a feeling that they would like to build on that.”

The wider programme of events took place between June 24-30 and included lectures at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the National Gallery of Art as well as private viewings at various London institutions.

Though a follow-up has not been scheduled yet, Evans speculated it could either reprise in London in a few years or be taken to another city such as Istanbul.