Antonio Ratti Textile Center

The Antonio Ratti Textile Center is one of the largest and most advanced facilities for the study and storage of textiles of any major art museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired its first textile in 1879, and its collection has expanded to include textiles dating back to 3000 B.C. and spanning all the world’s civilizations. The Antonio Ratti Textile Center oversees the storage and care and preservation of these textiles.

The Antonio Ratti Textile Center is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met

Cosmological Mandala with Mount Meru, Yuan dynasty (14th century)
Costume Armor in the Classical Style, made by Halle dit Mercier, Paris (ca. 1788-90)
Embroidered Carpet, Zeruah H. Guernsey Caswell, made in Castleton, Vermont (1832-35)
Festival Robe, Quing dynasty (second half of the 18th century)
Kennet, Designed by William Morris (1883), manufactured by Morris and Company (1917-23)
Musical Party in a Garden, British (1647)
Panel with Peonies and Butterfly, Yuan or Ming dynasty (late 14th-15th century)
Quilt, British (19th century)
Seasons and Elements (Air), (set of four), Probably designed by Charles Le Brun with border by Jean Lemoyen le Lorrain and made at the Convent of Saint Joseph-de-la-Providence, Paris for the Marquise de Montespan (c. 1683)
Textile with Animals, Birds, and Flowers, Eastern Central Asia (late 12th-14th century)
Textile, Design 104, Frank Lloyd Wright; made by F. Schumacher and Co. (1955-62)
Tunic with Confronting Mythical Serpents, Peru (800-850)
Vajrabhairava Mandala, Yuan dynasty (ca. 1330-32)
Wearing Blanket, Navajo (1860-70)
Aglauros’s Vision of the Bridal Chamber of Herse, from the Story of Mercury and Herse, design by Giovanni Battista Lodi da Cremona after a print by Giovanni Jacopo Caraglio; border by Giovanni Francesco Penni; textile workshop of Willem de Pannemaker, in Brussels (designed ca. 1540; woven ca. 1570)