It seems that serious rug enthusiasts tend to be familiar with Renaissance artist Carlo Crivelli because lavishly detailed textiles and decorative carpets feature prominently in the Venetian painter's work. In the autumn issue, Hali explains that the "Crivelli star," a classical carpet ornament, is named for him and next month a new exhibition at Milan's Pinacoteca di Brera will explore the connection between real rugs and Crivelli's paintings.
As I understand it, Italian textiles and three rugs including the 15th century Crivelli star example, shown second above via Hali, will be on view along with the art. Designers (interior, fashion, graphic) are often saying that they look to art history for inspiration, so it's always interesting to stumble across an exhibition that examines this symbiotic relationship. Unfortunately, I can't read Italian and will therefore be clueless when it comes to ordering an exhibition catalog.
Shown at top and directly above, The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius, 1486, Carlo Crivelli, via The National Gallery, London.