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A Wonder Room at the Kalpak house


The name Wonderkamer is derived from the German Wunderkammer, private museums that were used from the late Middle Ages to show the world in miniature.

We can also speak here of a cabinet of curiosities, which according to Wikipedia is a cabinet in which a collection of art and curiosities is kept. The concept was especially popular in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The popularity of the art and curiosities cabinet was due to the increasing contact with exotic, tropical places after 1500 and the interest in plants and animals.


A Room of Wonder was also modestly created in the Kalpak. In addition to the collection of 160 ethnic hats, all objects in the Kalpak house have their own story.


  • Primitive wood carvings from Kerala,

  • Diplôme de médaille d'or acquired by Hilde's grandfather during the exhibition Internationale des arts et des techniques in Paris in 1937, as part of the design of Bruges lace and old Bruges lace,

  • Porcelain drawing from 1844,

  • Poster 'Afghanistan defends its revolution' bought in Cuba,

  • Jewels from Afghanistan

  • Shoes from Afghanistan, Mongolia, Indonesia, China, Armenia

  • African party game

  • War carpets from Afghanistan

  • Spice boxes from Bamyan

  • Textiles from the Kuchis and the Miao

  • African textiles, African wax with many messages

  • Masks

  • Small painting of the Mexican war

  • Ode to the sapeurs

  • 'Bruegel Distorted' by Lobke Rondelez

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