We are profoundly grateful for all of the partnership that culminated in a glorious exhibition opening for reWoven at the Akhundov House Gallery on March 19, 2014. We had two wonderful events on the opening day.
In the morning, we welcomed Tbilisi’s International Women’s Association to the gallery for a brief presentation about the history of rug weaving in the region and its preservation through reWoven. Following the presenation, the ladies enjoyed refreshments provided by the Akhundov House, while they viewed each rug and read about its weaver and history.
In the evening, the official opening include a wonderful variety of guests from many different nations. While we were honored by ambassadors and officials who attended the event, perhaps our most distinguished guests were the women who brought these rugs to life. We treated our weavers to dinner before the event, and honored them with gifts at the opening. We trust it was a special time for each of them.
All of our guests enjoyed tasting premium wines from Bineki and Georgian Royal Wines who generously provided their wines for the opening, along with delectable refreshments provide by the Akhundov House.
We could not have imagine a more successful start to a beautiful exhibition! Scroll down to view some pictures, and visit Akhundov House’s Facebook page to view many more pictures.
reWoven’s presentation to the International Women’s Association.
The beautiful 19th century refreshment hall that runs parallel to the gallery hall.
Guests enjoy Novruz Holiday themed refreshments.
Detailed information about each rug’s weaver and design history is posted beside each rug.
The evening opening begins to fill with people.
Chatting with Brazilian Ambassador Asfora (center) as he eyes the rug he’ll be taking home with him.
Weavers receive their gifts and are honored for their excellent work.
Left to Right: Fatma Mamedova (weaver), Misha (Akhundov House cafe manager), Sona Mamedova (Izzetxan’s mother, yarn spinner), Terlan Memedova (weaver), Lora Smith (Ryan’s wife), Rena Sulfiyeva (weaver), Izzetxan Mamedov (reWoven’s local manager), Ryan Smith (reWoven’s director)
Lela and Archil Bezhanishvili, Creative Ltd. Director and Akhundov House Art Director.
Ryan Smith, reWoven’s director, expresses his sincere gratitude to Mehriban Muradova who made the whole event possible.