Textile Arts - Antonio Ratti Textile Center

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
1000 Fifth Avenue

The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the finest collections of textiles in the world. Encyclopedic in scope, it includes examples from all of the world's civilizations and from almost every period in history. Among the 35,000 pieces (a num... more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the finest collections of textiles in the world. Encyclopedic in scope, it includes examples from all of the world's civilizations and from almost every period in history. Among the 35,000 pieces (a number which does not reflect the holdings of The Costume Institute) are archaeological fragments, tapestries, carpets, quilts, ecclesiastical vestments, silks, embroideries, laces, velvets, and more, dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Highlights include late Antique domestic textiles made in Egypt by Christians and pagans alike during the fourth to seventh centuries; silk tapestries and embroideries of the Yuan dynasty, a peak of refinement and complexity in Chinese textiles; a five-medallion "compartment carpet" crafted in Persia during the Safavid period in the early sixteenth century; and the opulent and rare seventeenth-century French embroidered wall panels in the Museum's Louis XIV bedchamber. Previously dispersed among the various curatorial departments according to the cultures that produced them, most of the Museum's textile holdings are now gathered in the Antonio Ratti Textile Center—one of the largest, most technically a... more

The Metropolitan Museum of Art possesses one of the finest collections of textiles in the world. Encyclopedic in scope, it includes examples from all of the world's civilizations and from almost every period in history. Among the 35,000 pieces (a number which does not reflect the holdings of The Costume Institute) are archaeological fragments, tapestries, carpets, quilts, ecclesiastical vestments, silks, embroideries, laces, velvets, and more, dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Highlights include late Antique domestic textiles made in Egypt by Christians and pagans alike during the fourth to seventh centuries; silk tapestries and embroideries of the Yuan dynasty, a peak of refinement and complexity in Chinese textiles; a five-medallion "compartment carpet" crafted in Persia during the Safavid period in the early sixteenth century; and the opulent and rare seventeenth-century French embroidered wall panels in the Museum's Louis XIV bedchamber.

Previously dispersed among the various curatorial departments according to the cultures that produced them, most of the Museum's textile holdings are now gathered in the Antonio Ratti Textile Center—one of the largest, most technically advanced facilities for the study, storage, and conservation of textiles in any art museum. While each curatorial department retains intellectual responsibility for its own textiles, the custom-designed center provides the controlled environmental conditions necessary for the long-term preservation of these fragile works of art, as well as study and research facilities for Museum staff and the general public, and a state-of-the-art conservation laboratory.


Drag the street view to look around 360°.
Use the arrow buttons to navigate down the street and around the neighborhood!

Textile Arts - Antonio Ratti Textile Center

Tue, October 19
9:30AM
$
Wed, October 20
9:30AM
$
Thu, October 21
9:30AM
$
Sat, October 23
9:30AM
$
Sun, October 24
9:30AM
$
Tue, October 26
9:30AM
$
Wed, October 27
9:30AM
$
Thu, October 28
9:30AM
$
Occurs 47 more times through Jan 05

Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
(212) 535-7710

Schedule

October 19, Tuesday 9:30AM
October 20, Wednesday 9:30AM
October 21, Thursday 9:30AM
October 23, Saturday 9:30AM
See complete schedule

Category

Arts

Other Arts Events

Photography Collection at MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) began collecting modern photography in 1930 and ... view

Permanent Collection - Neue Galerie

The collection of Neue Galerie New York covers a range of media, including paint... view

Neighborhood Nature

Discover who lives in the neighborhood when you visit a freshwater pond, a saltw... view

Penguin Feeding & Presentation

Watch the gentoos and chinstraps feast on the fish their keepers hand out, and a... view

 

New at the Morgan: Acquisitions Since 2004

Presenting over one hundred works that underscore the great scope of the Morgan'... view

Garden Tours

Garden tours are offered every day, Tuesday through Sunday, at 1:00 p.m. Once yo... view

Mr. Morgan's Library and Study

In 1902, owning more treasures than his Madison Avenue home could hold, Pierpont... view

Our House: Claiming 'Home' Through Art and Design

The 5th anniversary of Art & Activism, an annual event presented by the Division... view