Imperiia: a spatial history of the Russian Empire

Curious about the image above?

Were you expecting something more... modern? Understandable. But we find this Russian-made carpet evokes the texture of historical data - its complexity, contingency, scarcity, and utility - beautifully.

The image is made available by the Russian State Hermitage Museum, Harvard Fine Arts Library, and the Aga Khan Program. You can find the Harvard Library catalog entry here.

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