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Title: Radio-Carbon Dated Silk Road Samites in the Collection of Katoen Natie, Antwerp
Author(s): VERHECKEN-LAMMENS, Chr. , DE MOOR, A. , OVERLAET, B.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 41 Date: 2006
Like most traditional “Naties” in the old port of Antwerp (Belgium), “Katoen Natie”, was one of the many specialised Antwerp firms which used to deal with a specific kind of goods or with goods of a specific origin that arrived in the port of Antwerp. Katoen Natie was founded in 1855 and the handling of cotton (“katoen” in Dutch) was its primary occupation. In time, the Antwerp “nations” had to diversify and Katoen Natie N.V. became one of the major international enterprises which have Antwerp as their home base. Katoen Natie N.V. kept, however, an interest in textiles and over the years brought together a unique collection, part of which is since 2004 on show in their Antwerp “HeadquARTers”.