ALTAI, AN ART GALLERY WITH A NOMADIC HEART, IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF MILAN
Altai ranges from rugs to primitive wall hangings, from Mauritania to Kyrgyzstan, from the past to the near future.
Altai arose from the passion and research of Raffaele and Elisa Carrieri.
In 1997, they opened their first gallery in Milan where they exhibited the first Saharian mats ever seen in Europe, followed by Central Asian felts and kilims from Kurdistan.
The Milanese were amazed, among them Ettore Sottsass, Maddalena De Padova and Vico Magistretti.
The Carrieri’s expert eyes immediately recognize unique pieces with primeval origins, humble yet extremely sophisticated. These are masterpieces that have been trodden on and handed down for thousands of years. They are the last. Unique weaves, on the wall or on the floor, define space and conquer designers, architects and art collectors.
To receive and accommodate all these visitors, Raffaele and Elisa opened the new gallery in 2000. In 2005, they opened the Altai Studio to handle bespoke production for famous architects and prominent international brands.
Altai today hosts twenty unique collections. Essential textiles, abstract yet steeped in history, humanity and culture. Mats to separate earth and sky. The tapestries, kilims and rugs tell tales of century old gatherings, sunshine and solemn celebrations. And they are all here, right here.
Altai is the reference point for primitive textile art.