The Textile Museum's collection of non-Western textiles and carpets was established in 1925 to expand awareness of the artistic merits and cultural importance of the world's textiles. The collection includes more than 20,000 textiles and related objects dating from 3,000 BCE to the present, representing five continents, including cultures from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Also includes the 20,000-volume Arthur D. Jenkins Library of Textile Arts.
As of 2014, the Textile Museum is affiliated with and located on the Foggy Bottom campus of George Washington University. Exhibitions and programs are presented in a 35,000 square foot purpose-built museum bearing the names of both The Textile Museum and the George Washington University Museum.
Documenting the city’s evolving urban landscape through the eyes of local artists
How public competitions, presidential preferences, and unanticipated historical events shaped Washington’s iconic landmarks
1,000 objects document the history of Washington, D.C
Exploring the elements that influence textile design
Exploring the elaborate textiles, jewelry, and accessories China uses for community celebrations
Focusing on Uzbekistan's dyeing technique known as "binding the clouds."
Historic newspapers tell the story of one of the nation's founding fathers
Postcards from the golden age of mid-century graphics
Examining life in Turkey’s nomadic communities as well as stunning examples of abstract art