In Fall 2019, Washington DC hosted two major (and jointly planned) exhibits of late antique and early medieval textiles. One, at Dumbarton Oaks, focused on fabrics made for wear and their treatment by modern dealers and collectors, thus furthering a line of inquiry pursued by recent exhibits in New York.1 Its opening was accompanied by the launch of a very fine online Catalogue of the Textiles in the Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection.2 The second exhibit, at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, explored the use of fabrics as hangings or covers in architectural space. This novel focus, the scale and beauty of the objects, and...

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