award winners


PRIZE No.1, Awarded 2000

Winner: Cyril Beecher (England), Field Study of Fourteenth-Century Underglaze Decorated- Ceramics in Yunnan, South China. After a highly successful trip to Yunnan, he lectured on the results to the Oriental Ceramic Society in London, who published his research in the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society in 2004

Helen Espir, 69 (England), Documentation for a Chinese Blue-and-White Bowl Overdecorated in Holland in 1742

Irene Finch, 82 (England) Eighteenth-Century Japanese shonsui Ware Imported to England

Brenda Hall, 62 (England) Nineteenth-Century Tapestries: A Guide for Needleworkers

Vasileios Marinis, 24 (Greece), Architecture and Liturgial Planning in Byzantine Constantinople

Tadeuz Majda, 70 (Poland) Catalogue of the Turkish Wall Hangings in Polish Museums

Sonya May, 24 (Austria), Indian Art: The Interaction of Tradition and Modernity

Nicholas H. Wright, 62 (US) Defining the Fade Curve of Naturally Dyed Wool for Use in the Repair and Restoration of Oriental Rugs

PRIZE No. 2, Awarded 2001

Winner: Emma Dick, 24 (England), An Analysis of the Sûrname-i Hümayun and Comparison with the Sûrname-i Vehbi in the Topkapi Saray, Istanbul

Wen-shing Lucia Chou (US), History and Architecture of the Palazzina Cinese in Palermo, Built by Ferdinand of Naples in 1799

Jean Clift-Hill, 71 (England), Chronicle of the English High School for Girls in Instanbul

Rosemary Patmore Kemble, 60 (England) Documentation on the History and Provenance of a Country House Carpet

Xavier F. Salomon, 22 (Italy), Italian Portraits of Mehmet II

Sel Erder Yackley, 62 (Turkey, US), Research at the Tell Kurdu Excavation Site in Southern Turkey

Craig Yawe (England), Documentation on Nanticoke Blankets

Josh Yiu, 23 (Hong Kong), Archic Vessels on the Altar

PRIZE No. 3, Awarded 2002

Winner: Karl Sabbagh, 62 (England), The First King of Palestine
For research about the concept of Palestine from early times to the present. His special focus was on Sheik Daher el-Omar, the de facto ruler in the mid-18th century over an area of the Ottoman Empire that covered northern Palestine and southern Syria. The Sheik was a patron of architecture and introduced a highly efficient administration, the head of which happens to be a direct relation of the prize-winner.

Helen Espir, 69 (England), Oriental Porcelain Overdecorated in Europe, 1690-1830

Irene Finch, 84 (England) Chronology of Japanese Nabeshima Ceramics

Selin Ipek, 25 (Turkey), Religious Fabrics in the Topkapi Palace Museum Collection Sent to Mecca and Medina

Xavier F. Salomon, 22 (Italy) In the Footsteps of the Apocalypse and Its Seven Churches

Elizabeth Anne Saloom, 18 (US) The Influence of TV on onternal migration in Turkey

Josh Yiu, 24 (Hong Kong) Archaic Vessels on the Altar

PRIZE No. 4, Awarded 2005

Winner: David W. and Barbara G. Fraser, both 61 (US), The Roots of Chin Textile Culture
For research about the roots of Chin textile culture in the triangle of hills between Burma, India and Bangladesh.
The research was concluded in 2006 and published in HALI 149, November-December 2006 with excellent illustrations.

Peter Alford Andrews, 68 (GB, Germany), Drawings for a Book about Tents

Jere L. Bacharach, 67 (US), The Beginnings of the Islamic All-Epigraphic Gold and Silver Coinage

Martha H. Henze, 81 (US), Finding and Recording Early Anatolian Kilims in Ethiopian Orthodox Churches andMonasteries

David James, 64 (Ireland), An English Translation of the History of Ibn al-Qutiyah

LynnAnn Meisch, 60 (US), Ancient and Modern: Coca, Culture and Cloth in the Andes

Eleanor Sims, 63 (England), Mural Decoration in a Princely House of the early Twentieth Century in Bukhara

Kendra Weisbin, 23 (US), The Export of Islamic Textiles from Turkey and Egypt to Western Europe During the Fourteenth to Sixteenth Century

PRIZE No. 5, Awarded 2008

Winner: Martha H. Henze, 81 (US) Inventory of early Anatolian kilims surviving in Ethiopian Orthodox churches.
Her extraordinary discovery of fragmentary 17th century Ushak carpets in the treasury of a remote monastery in Ethiopia was published with colour illustrations as the lead article in HALI, 160, July 2009 'Wayward Ushaks' HALI 160

Winner, Godfrey Goodwin Prize: Charles Moore, 24 (England) Visit to Kyrgyzstan, mainly to photograph and take notes.
Charles successfully completed the field research in Kyrgystan in July 2009 (to be published shortly)

Gayane Eliazyan, 65 (Armenia) Preparation for the digitalization of ancient damaged manuscripts. First stage: Survey of manuscripts.

Laura Valerie Esterhuizen, 67 (South Africa) Indentifying Chinese porcelains from Portuguese wrecks off the South African coast, and from this material tracing the early development of Kraak ware.

Ann Hecht, 80 (England) Visit to Japanese islands for research of textiles made from unusual fibres.

Sara Mao, 25 (England) Travel and study in UK, Europe, Taiwan to research Chinese Ru and Guan wares

Lynn Ann Meisch, 64 (US) Researching Andean maize textiles.

Philip O’Reilly, 64 (England) Fundraising for further study of Turkish textiles, especially felt.

Thomas Reimer, 66 (Germany) Establishing a family tree for çatma yastiks (cushion covers)

Sarah-Neel Smith, 23 (US) Visit to study architecture and function of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum

PRIZE No. 6, Awarded 2010

Winner: Ms Ilse Sturkenboom, Germany
Illustrated Manuscripts of Mantiq al-Tayr (Conference of the Birds)

Godfrey Goodwin Prize: Ms Ashley Dimmig, USA
Shahs and Silk: Safavid Figural Textiles and the Stories They Tell

PRIZE No. 7, Awarded 2012

Winner: Harriet Nash, 61, University of Exeter

My research project is the investigation of fast-disappearing star use and lore in Oman and the region. The traditional irrigation systems of Oman probably originated in Central Asia at least 4000 years ago. Anatolia and Uyghur are contenders for the earliest such system. However, Oman is apparently the only country left that still uses the sun and stars for timing the division of water. These traditions are oral, and mainly practised by older people. I have interviewed many farmers in Oman and identified the stars still used in about eight villages. This work formed the basis of my PhD at Exeter University and subsequent publications. I have also collected memories of star lore from pastoralists and documented recent use by fishermen for division of fishing rights, and in Iran have identified some stars used for timing water about 60 years ago.

Godfrey Goodwin Prize: Polina Ivanova, 24, Harvard University

From Antakya to Kiev: Following the Steps of Bulus al-Halabi”
In my research project I plan to explore the world of a little known Ottoman traveler, Bulus al-Halabi or Paul of Aleppo – an Orthodox Christian priest who journeyed from Aleppo to Muscovy in the mid-seventeenth century. A contemporary of Evliya Çelebi, Bulus composed a colossal travelogue that documented his long itinerary that passed from Syria through Konya and Bursa to Istanbul, continued to Bulgaria, Moldavia, Wallachia, and the Cossack lands, finally reaching Muscovy. The whole journey took seven years and resulted in 350 folios of Arabic text.

PRIZE No. 8, Awarded 2013
Winner: Dr Peter Alford Andrews 77, Bristol, UK
For research on the tent of Tipu Sultan (1750–99) at Powis Castle and the Tienda de Campana (1535) in Toledo, probably the oldest Indian tent in the world.
The Godfrey Goodwin Prize: Harriet Rix 23, UK
For researching and following the footsteps of Francis Vernon, the 17th-century botanist, astronomer, antiquarian, on the Turkish leg of his ill-fated voyage around Europe and the Ottoman and Safavid Empires
Read the illustrated articles online at Halı Magazine and Cornucopia
Prize No. 9, 2015
First Prize goes to Ms Pat Yale for her travel and book project to follow Gertrude Bell's pre-First World War travels around Turkey.
The Godfrey Goodwin Prize goes to Dr Steven Cohen for research into the carpet collection of the Maharajas of Jaipur.
Prize No. 10 Winners, 2017
First Prize goes to Sharon Mizbani for her project 'Connoisseurs of Water' – The Lost Cuisine of Istanbul's Fountains
The Godfrey Goodwin Prize goes to Frances Clegg for her project 'Rediscovering Bornabat'.
Prize No. 11 Winners, 2018
First Prize goes to Sandra Nicholls for her project 'The Intriguing Story of the London Halkevi'
The Godfrey Goodwin Prize goes to Madeline Boden for her project Frederic Lerighton in Bursa: Documenting the Influences on Leighton House'.'