London Antique Rug & Textile Fair returns to Battersea Park

By Elspeth Pridham
January 15, 2020

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA) will take place from 21 – 26 January as part of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea Park, South West London.

Now in its 10th year, LARTA is an explosion of colour and texture featuring exceptional weavings from around the world.

It is the UK’s only specialist event for antique carpets, vintage rugs and associated works of art.

This year introduces new exhibitors including Villa Rosemaine – one of France’s leading dealers in museum-quality antique textiles, costume and iconic couture – and Emily’s House London with vintage Moroccan carpets, Berber rugs and ethnic kilims.

Bertram Frauenknecht of Istanbul is also attending, exhibiting early and rare eastern tribal rugs, while Oriental Rug Gallery of Haslemere offers rare rugs and textiles alongside beautiful Islamic works of art.

Highlight items for sale range from a finely woven 19th-century West Persian saddle cover that was probably made for a wedding available from Carpet Restoration Studio to a vividly-coloured Tajik ikat chapan (coat) c1900 from Andy Lloyd.