PAST EVENTS 2004-2011


Important Textiles from Bali and their relation to those of Java, Lombok and South Sumatra with Thomas Murray

When: Saturday, January 15

Time: 10:15 – 3:00 pm

Where: Asian Art Museum Education Studio
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Fee: $45 members, $55 non-members includes lunch

In this study group, Thomas Murray, an expert on Asian art and Tribal Textiles, presents a personal look at the stylistic and technical aspects of Balinese and Lombok ritual weavings. In his presentation, he will show articles from a private collection .

Mr. Murray is a well-known private dealer of Asian and Tribal Arts, author of more than 45 publications, and past president of the Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association. He is a familiar figure at the Arts of Pacific Asia fair at Fort Mason

and other prestigious antique shows, has been a contributing editor for the last twenty years to Hali magazine, and serves as their "in-house” expert on all ethnographic textiles. More information about Thomas Murray may be found on his website, www.tmurrayart.com.


Friday February 11

For the annual Caroline and McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture, which we co-sponsor with the deYoung Museum, the speaker will be Andy Hale, an expert on Central Asian art and textiles. His topic will be the images of textiles and carpets in 19th century photographs of Central Asia. Details of the talk will follow shortly. All SFBARS members will receive and invitation directly from the Museum. For Information contact Curator Jill d’Alessandro at jdalessandro@famsf.org.

Wednesday April6

Peter Bichler, President of the Austrian Rug Society will present a talk on trade in carpets and textiles between the Ottoman and Hapsburg Empires. Location to be finalized. .

We are hoping to organize a silent auction and party in late April or early May. Those interested in helping out with the arrangements please contact Jacqueline van Lang at jvanlang@hotmail.com.

We hope all members and friends had a wonderful holiday and we wish you all a Happy New Year!!

S. Peter Poullada


Ottoman Treasures

Rugs and Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price

Birmingham Museum of Art
October 3, - December 12, 2004

The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) presents Ottoman Treasures: Rugs and Ceramics from the Collection of Dr. & Mrs. William T. Price, an exhibition of over 40 magnificent examples of Middle Eastern rugs and pottery dating back to the 16th and 17th century. These works are superb examples of the textile and ceramic tradition of Ottoman craftsmen and their distinct art that evolved in the Ottoman Empire (a dynastic state centered in what is now present day Turkey - 13th century-1922). Birmingham is the only venue for this exhibition, on view October 3 through December 12, 2004. Admission is free.

Dr. William T. Price, a Tuscaloosa native, began collecting rugs in 1964 after joining rug groups and The Textile Museum of Art in Washington, D.C. to learn about them. In time, The Price Rug Collection has become widely known and hailed as one of the most important private collections of Oriental rugs in the United States. Likewise, over the years the Prices have put together a small, but choice collection of Iznik pottery, a distinctive style of colorful pottery resembling porcelain, developed in Iznik, a small lakeside market town located near present-day Istanbul. The BMA’s exhibition highlights the very best of these two collections.

The arts of the Ottoman World, especially pile carpets of Anatolia (region previously known as Asia Minor) and polychrome Ottoman ceramics associated with the town of Iznik, have long been famous and sought-after. Achieving special prominence in the Ottoman middle-class markets, the primary fascination in these two art forms lies in the creative process they provide for the contemporary viewer. In contrast to most Ottoman court art, which usually involved a sharing of artistic responsibility between a designer conceiving the work on paper and a craftsman executing the design, the carpets and brightly- colored floral wares of Iznik, are designed and created by the same artist. Thus the works in these media show that distinctive freshness and spontaneity associated with both art forms, allowing viewers to look directly into the creative process itself.

Ottoman Rugs

The approximately 30 rugs featured exemplify the many challenges with space and medium Anatolian weavers faced as they wove carpets. The weavers, primarily women, created geometric and colorful designs literally as they wove the carpet, working in neat horizontal and vertical rows on pairs of warps tightly stretched on a loom. Improvisations in design were often necessary to keep the borders of the rugs symmetrical. Once the weft was beaten there was no way to erase what has already been created. Unlike a painting or a modeled sculpture, the finished carpet creates a perfect record of the weaver’s struggles with her medium.

Central medallions used as focal points and repetitive floral patterns are two characteristic designs of carpets from the Anatolian region, evidenced in the Price collection. The repetitive patterns, often planned in rows, made it easier for the weavers to plan their work.

Evidence of artistic intention compromising with technical demands of the medium are in no way to be viewed as flaws or defect – they are in fact a natural part of the artistic process, and their variety and ingenuity are counted as part of the artistic beauty and interest of the finished rug. No two rugs are ever identical, each showing its own combination of originality and tradition. The Price Anatolian carpets show a keen collector’s eye for color, a deep appreciation of the enormous variety inherent in Anatolian weaving, and an unerring taste for the exceptionally beautiful.

The Museum’s Asian Art collection is the finest, largest and most comprehensive collection of Asian art in the Southeast, comprising over 5,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, India, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia. The collection ranks in the top 12 nationwide and contains outstanding examples of Buddhist and Hindu art, lacquer ware, ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture, and decorative arts.

The Coleman Cooper Rug Collection at the BMA contains over one hundred rugs representing a studious cross section of carpets woven in traditional patterns from the major carpet producing regions of Asia, Central Asia, and the Near East.

Visitor Information

The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Mondays. Admission is FREE. The BMA is located downtown off I 20/59, 2000 Eighth Avenue North at Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. For general Museum information, call 205/254-2565 or visit the BMA’s web site at www.artsbma.org


Exhibit at Sandra Whitman Gallery

"Cobalt & Indigo: An Exhibition of Chinese Blue and White Carpets and Porcelain"
8 October - 4 November 2004, 10am - 6pm weekdays, weekends by appointment, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

The Sandra Whitman Gallery will be exhibiting a wide range of Chinese blue and white carpets, made for domestic use and for export. The emphasis will be on decorative carpets with Chinoiserie themes. To complement the carpets, blue and white porcelain will also be on exhibit. The carpets and porcelain will date from the Qing Dynasty through the early Republic Period. There will be two gallery talks: the first, on Thursday 10/14/04 at 7 p.m., will explore the development of the tradition of blue and white porcelain in China. The second, on Tuesday 10/19/04, will explore common symbolism employed by blue and white porcelains and carpets, and the transition from production for domestic use to production for export.



November 6-7, 2004, somArts Gallery, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

San Francisco Tribal is a new association of leading tribal art dealers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The association is comprised of 16 experts in African art, Oceanic art, Asian art, pre-Columbian art, and North American Indian art. Members offer a wide range of high quality sculpture, masks, textiles, ceramics, weapons, shields and jewelry from ancient and traditional cultures. Although it will feature a wide range of art objects, this first show, with exhibits by all 16 dealers, promises to be a very exciting event for everyone interested in tribal rugs and textiles. There will be a preview reception on Friday, November 5th, from 6-9:30 PM. Saturday and Sunday hours will be 11 AM-7 PM.

Reception: $45/$35 in advance. Daily entrance fee: $8 For more information: info@sftribal.com www.sftribal.com 415-905-4440


Sandra Whitman's exhibition: February 14--March 15, 2004

*Persistence During Times of Change: Chinese Rugs and Textiles During the Ming--Qing Dynasty Transition*, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA, Exhibition hours: Monday-Friday: 10:30 AM --5:00 PM, Weekends by Appointment: Tel: (415) 437 2402


Humanities West Symposium

May 14-15, 2004, "Isfahan- Imperial Persia's Glittering Jewel." Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness, San Francisco. special arrangements for SFBARS members

May 15th, 2004 Prof. Walter Denny, a talk on the carpets of the Safavids, Herbst Theatre, San Francisco. special arrangements for SFBARS members.


Dear Carpet Lovers,

It has come to my attention that some newsletters are listing a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition, The Ardabil Carpet: A Sixteenth-Century Masterpiece Conserved. I regret to inform you that there is no such symposium as erroneously reported in some newsletters. However, the fabulous Ardabil will be on display until May 11th accompanied by a video on its conservation in London. I ask you to share with your members the attached press release (there is an electronic version and a print version). Please urge them to visit LACMA and take advantage of this rare opportunity, particularly on their way to or from ACOR in Seattle. The hours of the museum are in the press release. Please note that we are OPEN on Monday, but closed on WEDNESDAY, for your convenience.

Thank you very much. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you or one of your members plans to come to LA to see the carpet. I'd love to personally <> <> meet you or them.

With all best wishes,

Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Curator, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
tel: (323) 857-6135
fax: (323) 857-6218
email: daleg@lacma.org


The Oriental Rug Society of NSW &The Powerhouse Museum present

A regional oriental rug & textile conference, with two major exhibitions & a Dealers Fair
The Oriental Rug Society of NSW welcomes everyone interested in oriental rugs and related textiles.

For information and membership, go to: Oriental Rug Society of NSW

Details and registration for our regional International Conference on Oriental Carpets -- ICOC Down Under 2004 -- click ICOC Down Under


Exhibition at the Sandra Whitman Gallery

Flora & Fauna, Birds & Beasts: An Exhibition of Chinese Textiles From the Han to the Ching
 February 4th to March 4th
Gallery Talks: February 8th and 15th

Continuing the Gallery’s thematic exhibitions, the Sandra Whitman Gallery will explore a spectrum of Chinese textile arts.  The focus of the exhibition will be the role of birds,beasts, flora and fauna in Chinese textile design.  This exhibition will be held in conjunction with The Textile Gallery of London.

Approximately 50 textiles dating from the Yuan Dynasty through the mid-Ching Dynasty will be on view with a few earlier pieces, including a wonderful Tang dynasty fragment depicting various flowers, a Song fragment depicting a crane among lotus and other water fowl, and a graphically powerful silk brocade depicting cranes flying amid clouds with Chow symbols woven in gold foil.  This textile is related directly to a rare group of Kangxi rugs of similar design.

The exhibition will provide the viewer with a fairly comprehensive overview of Yuan, Ming, and early Ching textile arts, including weaving and embroidery methods and iconography.

Examples will include split stitch embroidery, gilt couching, beading, a panoply of embroidery stitches, and needle loop.  Weaving techniques will include samite, lampas, and other complex weaves, Kesi, gilt, and silk brocade.  The exhibition will feature a Ming Kesi scroll and four jewel-toned Kesi fragments of exceptional beauty.

Other highlights of the exhibit are: a mid-Ming period woven patchwork textile depicting cranes, made for use in the dragon boat festival celebrating the summer solstice.  The textile is of particular interest because the cranes are the voids the brocade process.  Other highlights include a pair of Kesi fragments depicting cranes, also dating to the Ming period, and several small 18th century panels depicting embroidered birds on branches.

In conjunction with this exhibit, M. Sutherland Fine Arts Ltd will put on an exhibition of contemporary Chinese landscape paintings.  The painting exhibition will feature not only contemporary landscapes in traditional media of ink on paper, but also will display cutting edge works by younger artists working in oil and acrylic on linen and canvas.  Sutherland and Whitman also plan several gallery talks for collectors during the course of the exhibition, the first on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 pm and the next on Tuesday, February 15 at 10 am.

Gallery hours are as follows: 10:30 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday, February 4-March 4. Saturdays and Sundays February 6, 7, 13, and 14 from 2 to 6 pm.  All other weekends by appointment.

     Sandra Whitman Gallery , Antique and Old Chinese Rugs , 361 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94100
Phone: 415.437.2402

Fax: 415.861.0423
Email: whitmansg@aol.com


Armenian Rugs Society

Diamonds, Dragons & Crosses
The story of Armenian Rug Weaving
A lecture by Dr. Lucy Der Manuelian
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Time: 4:00 p.m., preceded by a reeption from 3:00 p.m.--4:00 p. m
Locaction: Toll Room, Alumni House, U.C. Berkeley Campus
Free admission


armenian meeting


Textile Arts Council

Dragon Carpets of the Caucasus
A slide lecture with Paul Ramsey, owner of Krimsa Fine Rugs and Decor
Presented by the Textile Arts Council;
Saturday, September 17 - 10AM
Gould Theater, Legion of Honor Museum
Free to TAC members, $5 general admission after the usual museum entrance fee.

tac@famsf.org 415 750-3627



"The Architecture, Carpets and Textiles of Moorish Spain and Portugal," November 3-13, 2005
The architecture, carpets, and textiles of Moorish Spain and Portugal, an ICOC Educational Experience: 11/3-13/05. Call Academic Travel Abroad at 800-556- 7896, or ICOC at 215-248-0494 for information.



Classical Chinese Carpets

Volkmanntreffen 2005: Classical Chinese Carpets
1400-1750: 10/14-16 at the Museum for Oriental Art, Cologne, Germany.
Lectures will be given in both German and English by Dr. Adele Schlombs (director of the Museum for Oriental Art, Cologne), Hans Konig, Michael Franses, Helmut Neumann, Murray Eiland, Sarah Kuehn, Sandra Whitman, maybe also a Chinese scholar knowledgeable in the field of Chinese textiles and carpets. Accompanied by a major exhibition of classical Chinese carpets. The Volkmanntreffen is an annual meeting of people interested in rugs and textiles. Information at www.volkmanntreffen.de.


The Contemporary Carpet as Messenger, Symbol, and Structure

January 14, 2006: a slide lecture by designer Hansine Pedersen Goran, an ASID Industry Partner and owner of Current Carpets, a source for fine handmade carpets in Gualala, CA.Presented by the Textile Arts Council. Saturday, January 14, 2006  10AM, deYoung Museum, Koret Auditorium, Free to TAC members, $5 general, $3 for students, 415 750-3627  tac@famsf.org


deYoung Museum, Koret Auditorium



 January 14th & 15th: San Francisco: benefit rug sale and auction to take place Saturday and Sunday,    Held at City Ballet School
Planet Drum Foundation, a longtime ecology education non-profit in San Francisco has announced an exciting benefit rug sale and auction to take place Saturday and Sunday, January 14th & 15th.  

Held at City Ballet School, this will be an opportunity to see the collection of prayer rugs, carpets, unique textiles and nomadic utility bags from Sun Bow Trading. Sun Bow has been exploring the remote villages and tribal outposts along the Silk Road for 30 years. 

These rugs and products are from the Konya Mountains in Anatolia, Turkey to Kashgar in Western China and hundreds of locations in between. These tribal weavings are not commercially made for sale, but rather made by women for their personal family use.  They are truly one of a kind and very collectable.  And, there is something for every pocketbook.

Sun Bow Trading has been so impressed with the work of Planet Drum Foundation that they are donating 30% of all sales to the non-profit for work in local ecology education and in support of their work in the eco- city. Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador. A Silent Auction is also taking place for a 30-year-old dowry prayer rug. You can see on it and bid at www.planetdrum.org.  Come experience the world of the Orient at the PLANET DRUM BENEFIT RUG SALE & AUCTION Saturday, January 14th, 1:00pm-6:00pm and Sunday, January 15th,  11:00am 5:00pm. Traditional Tea, Snacks & Treats will be served.

For more info contact:
Jesse Waters

San FRancisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show

February 10-12, 2006: Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion


Afghan Friends Network

February 10, 6-8:30 PM: : Live Music Dances from the Silk Road : Afghan delicacies: Fort Mason-Museo Italo-American Bldg C, San Francisco

Come join the Afghan Friends Network for Live Music Dances from the Silk Road and Afghan delicacies. A chance to help improve the lives of women and girls from Ghazni Province in Afghanistan. February 10, 6-8:30 PM Fort Mason- Museo Italo-American Bldg C San Francisco contact http://www.afghanfriends.net



361 Oak Street, San Francisco

“Heavenly Dragons”
February 2--March 1, 2006
  Gallery Walk-Through: Thursday, February 2, 10:30 AM

The walkthrough will briefly discuss the textiles and carpets in the exhibit and will focus on the development, use and meaning of the temple pillar rug.  There will be eight examples of dragon pillar rugs dating from the Ming period to the late Qing.

Reception and  Booksigning by Michael Franses: Friday, February 10, 5-9 PM

  The reception will be in honor of Michael Franses, co-author of Glanz der Himmelssohne, Kaiserliche Teppiche aus China 1400-1750.  Copies of the book will be available.  This book is the catalogue of the Exhibition of the same name which opened October 15, 2005 and which closes January 15, 2006 at the Museum for East Asian Art, Cologne.  The book traces the history of the carpet in China and provides multiple examples of all of the known types and designs of Chinese/Ningxia rugs of the period 1400-1750.   This is the first in depth study of Chinese rugs since Lorentz's 1972 publication, A View of Chinese Rugs from the 17th to the 20th Century.  For anyone interested in Chinese carpets this book is a must.  Wine and cheese will be served.  Parking will be available in an adjacent lot.  The reception will extend until 9 PM to allow interested persons to attend the Tribal Arts Show that evening as well.  Please RSVP to 415 861-4477 or sgw@sandrawhitman.com.  

Gallery Talk: Thursday, February 16, 7 PM

The talk will trace the history of the use of the dragon motif in Chinese art from the Bronze Age through the Republic Period.  Early examples will be bronzes, porcelain, laquer and textiles followed by later rug examples.  Parallels between art forms will be explored.

We selected the dragon as the theme of this year's spring show because it is the oldest extant motif used by the Chinese for decoration having been in use for in excess of 5000 years.  The dragon is used on both religious and secular objects and there are a plethora of objects by which one can trace the development of the iconography.  While Chinese scholars have given a great deal of thought and published much material on the pre-Qing dragon the Qing dragon has been ignored.  Several years ago we began researching the development of the dragon and then put the project aside because we could not develop reliable benchmarks for dating pillar carpets.  In the intervening time the information which previously eluded us in our research endeavers has made itself apparent and we proceeded with this exhibition.  The show will encompass in excess of 50 pieces comprising approximately 30 rugs and 20 plus textiles.  The eight pillar carpets ranging from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 ) to the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) should be of particular interest as they will allow the viewer to form his own opinion as to sequential dating.  There will be spectacular textiles including brocade cloth of gold with supplemental wefts, counted stitch and embroidery of the same time expanse.

  SANDRA WHITMAN, Antique & Old Chinese Rugs, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, Tel: 415 437-2402  Fax: 415 861-0432, E-mail: sgw@sandrawhitman.com


Saturday, March 18, 10AM. The Textile Arts Council presents "The Organic (R)evolution: Inspiring Environmental and Social Change through Creative, Sustainable Fabrics" with designer Harmony Susalla. Koret Auditorium, DeYoung Museum, SF. (415) 750-3627 or tac@famsf.org.


Slide lecture with Mary Connors - Textiles in Laos: Continuity & Change Saturday, April 15  10AM De Young Museum, Koret Auditorium Presented by the Textile Arts Council Free to TAC members, $5 general, no museum admission necessary Trish Daly 415 750-3627 or tac@famsf.org


Public Exhibition: Woven Jewels from the Black Tents: Baluchi, Aimaq and Related Tribal Weavings of Irtan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Georgia Museum of Art. University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. May 20, 2006 to July 30, 2006. For information about this comprehensive exhibit of the whole range of Baluch (and so-called Baluch)  weavings from Khorasan see www.uga.edu/gamuseum


The Textile Arts Council

Saturday, October 14, 2006 10AM

The Textile Arts Council presents a slide lecture with Vanessa Drake Moraga, author of Animal Myth & Magic: Images from Pe-Columbian Textiles. Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum. In honor of the de Young's one-year anniversary, this lecture is free to all.

415 750-3627 or tac@famsf.org