Pattern, Power, and Paradise
with Dr. Filiz Çakir Phillip


Pattern, Power, and Paradise
with Dr. Filiz Çakir Phillip

Date: February 11, 2020, 6:30 pm
Price: $20, $18 Friends, $12 students and seniors

Explore the rich patterns and potent symbolism of Iranian carpets, still considered some of the most luxurious items from the East. With a close examination of the world-famous Wagner Garden Carpet, on loan to the Aga Khan Museum from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow, Museum Curator Dr. Filiz Çakır Phillip delves into the concept of paradise in this rare 17th-century carpet and in Iranian culture down through the ages. You’ll discover how and why these precious textiles signify power, wealth, and the desire for paradise on Earth, whether in the courts of rulers or the homes of collectors.




Dr. Filiz Çakir Phillip, Curator at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, studied Art History and Classical Archaeology, Turcology and Museums Management, and was awarded a Doctor's degree in Islamic Art History at Freie Universität Berlin. Before joining the Aga Khan Museum, she worked as curator at the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, and has also served as Senior Fellow at Excellence Cluster TOPOI and Research Fellow at Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Society, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Paradise Garden: The Wagner Garden Carpet from the Burrell Collection, Glasgow

February 11–August 16, 2020


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