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Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean!

Meet Oliver Crane, Youngest Person in History (b. 1998) to Row Solo Across the Atlantic Ocean! Join Us for Talk & Refreshments | “A Million Strokes to Home” Sunday, April 8, 2PM Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking At Sea 44 Days, 16 Hours and 9 Minutes, Raising Awareness and Donations for Ocean Conservation and Homelessness Oliver Crane rowed alone, in a 23-foot vessel equipped with solar panels, navigation equipment, water purifier and a radio. He ate freeze-dried food and tried to sleep in a cabin that was supposed to be water-tight but leaked. “It’s hard to put into words the feeling of standing on a 3-foot high boat, surrounded by waves as big as buildings, crashing around you for as far as the eye can see – the saltiness of the ocean spray.” After six capsizes and 44 days alone in the water, Oliver crossed the finish line on Sunday, January 27, 2018 and achieved a new world record as the youngest solo rower to cross the Atlantic Ocean. He estimated he rowed 2,700 miles. “Being out there by myself was really hard, you know, to keep a smile on my face, Especially when things got tough. I [...]

March 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery Return to Material Culture

Please join us for the Construction and Dismantling of a Sacred Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala by the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery, India Mandala Construction: Wednesday, April 18 - Sunday, April 22, 11am-4pm (5 Days) Mandala Dismantling: Sunday, April 22, 1-3pm Free, Open to the Public, Unlimited Free Parking During their stay with us, their lovely sacred crafts will also be offered for sale. The sale of these items and donations for their ceremonies and events go to funding the monastery in India.

March 12th, 2018|Retail Store|

Traditional Arts of the Berbers and Bedouin | Exhibition and Gallery Talk

Traditional Arts of the Berbers and Bedouin Exhibition: February 23-April 9 Gallery Talk: Isabella de la Houssaye Saturday, March 31, 1:00 PM Open to Public • Free Refreshments • Unlimited Free Parking The exhibit features traditional Berber and Bedouin clothing and artifacts including elaborately embroidered textiles, beautifully crafted jewelry and weapons, and other utilitarian items in the context of the history and culture of these two extraordinary ethnic groups.

February 9th, 2018|Retail Store|

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” | Feb 24.

Film Screening and Talk | “In Rajasthan” With Director/Producer, Katherine Kingsland Winner: Best Documentary, Rajasthan International Film Festival Saturday, February 24, 1:00 PM, Refreshments Free • Open to Public • Unlimited Free Parking In Rajasthan is an intimate look at a disappearing culture in one of India’s most traditional states. It is the story of two families, one Hindu and one Muslim, living in an ancient village in the Thar Desert whose lives have been interwoven for thousands of years with the Rajputs, once their feudal lords and protectors. They speak candidly about marriage, their qualms about their spouses, the caste system, the dubious future of children exposed to the modern world, the afterlife, and the religious differences between them. Today, their traditional way of life is besieged, but their struggles with family, allegiance, religious conflict and death seem timeless. The film is an international collaboration of crew from India, England and the US. It includes internationally acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi as the voice of the storyteller who frames the story, Andrew T. Mackay as the composer of the music score, and Katherine Kingsland as the director/producer. Katherine has worked as a journalist for US and international television networks including [...]

February 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Party of the Year! Supper Club, Saturday, March 31

  Baba Olga's Supper Club Presents MATERIAL CULTURE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF THE YEAR! Saturday, March 31, 7pm-11pm LIVE MUSIC ~The West Philadelphia Orchestra~ ~The Mid East Ensemble~ Special Guest: The Peek-A-Boo Revue, Philly’s Premier Neo-Burlesque Show DINNER Chef Aliza Green Presents Crossroads of Moroccan Cuisine: Arab, Berber, Jewish Saturday, March 31, 7:00PM - 11:00PM $55 per person BYOB Unlimited Free Parking PURCHASE TICKETS • $55 PER PERSON • BYOB • UNLIMITED FREE PARKING MENU COCKTAIL HOUR Maison Arabe Welcome Drink: pineapple, ginger, mint and lime (spike if you like, BYOB) Array of Moroccan Salads: courgette salad, green bean salad, tchakchouka, carrot salad with chermoula, beet salad, eggplant zalouk Lamb Kefte in Spiced Tomato Chermoula Madfouna: Berber Stuffed Bread with Onions & Spices BUFFET Butter lettuce salad with strawberry, avocado & fresh goat cheese & flatbread crisps Essaouira Jewish Chicken Tajine with Lemon and Egg Berber Couscous with Seven Vegetables, Chickpeas and Olives Grilled Beef & Cherry Tomato Kebobs with Ras el Hanout Spice Roasted Gold Potatoes with Caramelized Garlic & Extra Virgin Olive Oil DESSERTS Moroccan Almond Briouat Pastries Candied Orange & Olive Oil Cake Gateau au Chocolat & Café NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES House Still & Sparkling Filtered [...]

February 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Material Culture Quarter Century Sale

Caravans Of New Arrivals  •  Antique & Traditional Oriental Rugs & Kilims  •  Modern Design Carpets  •  Mid Century Moroccan Rugs & Flatweaves  •  Organic Live Edge Tables  •  Antique Asian Furnishings  •  Rustic Colonial Cabinets & Sideboards  •  20 Million Year Old Petrified Teak Wood Side Tables  •  18Th Century Mughal Architecture  •  19Th Century Asian Screens  • Stone, Wood & Bronze Buddhas • Hammered Copper Bistro Tables  •  Hand Blown Glass Lighting  •  Silk Road Textiles, Pillows & Curtains  •  Tribal & Contemporary Jewelry  •  Vintage West African Indigo  •  Stone & Garden Artifacts  •  Ancient & Ethnographic Arts  •  Fine, Folk & Outsider Art  •  Colors Of Padmini Boutique: Decor & Fashion  •  Merchant Monkey Shop: Gifts & Collectibles **We Will Deliver Free (copy needed)… **We Will Pay The Sales Tax! One Per Person, Limited to a Single Purchase (Any Number of Items) Offer Ends March 31, 2018  

February 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

Oriental Rugs from American Estates | Auction: Jan 24

Oriental Rugs from American Estates Live Online Auction: Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 11AM EST Public Exhibition: January 22-23, 11AM-4PM Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

January 11th, 2018|Auctions|

December Estates Auction | Dec 12

December Estates | Fine, Folk & Ethnographic Art | Asian Art | Antiques & Decorative Arts | Jewelry, Silver & Collectibles | Oriental Rugs Live Auction: Sunday, December 17, 2017, 10AM EST Exhibition: December 15-16, 11AM-4PM Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

December 4th, 2017|Auctions|

The Great Cyber Monday No Reserve Rug Auction | Nov 27

Just in Time for the Holidays! No Hidden or Confidential Reserves! Bids Accepted at the Online START PRICE! Online Auction | Monday, November 27, 2017, 11AM EST Also Accepting Phone and Absentee Bids Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

November 14th, 2017|Auctions|

Oriental Rugs from American Estates Auction | Nov 19

Oriental Rugs from American Estates Live Auction: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 11AM EST Exhibition: November 17-18, 11AM-4PM Browse the Auction Catalog and Bid Live on these Portals:   Absentee Bid Form | Telephone Bid Form | Terms and Conditions (PDF)

November 3rd, 2017|Auctions|