To mark 10 years of the British Museum’s International Training Programme (ITP), the British Museum organized a workshop titled, “Creating Museums of World Stories”, under the hospitality of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS) in Mumbai, 19 – 21 November 2015.
The workshop provided an opportunity for global museums and heritage professionals to brainstorm and debate about ways to develop new forms of ‘encyclopaedic museums’ that might be created beyond Europe and North America.
During the workshop, our team (myself, Sarit, Zeina, Ronan, Joyee, Nathalie, Piyashi and Mohamed) proposed the exhibition, “The Carpet Connections: Uşak and the World”, which was very well received.
Our journey started in the small Anatolian town of Uşak. From the famous Uşak carpets, we travelled from Poland to Romania and England to Hungary, with carpet connections. On our travels, we saw how the Protestant churches of Transylvania were adorned with these carpets and how Polish people had depicted their designs on the walls of their private houses. We also saw how British kings had ordered majestic paintings with Anatolian carpets and how the corpses of Hungarian noblemen lay on them.