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February Newsletter 2008

Next Meeting

From Mughal Court to Turkmen Tradition

The Mughal Floral Style and

Its Manifestation in Turkmen Weavings

Speaker: Jurg Rageth, Past President, Basel Rug Society

March 5th, 2008

Krimsa Gallery

2190 Union Street, San Francisco

Reception 6:30 pm, Slide Lecture 7:15-8:30

Show and Tell: Turkmen Floral Weavings

We are pleased to have Jurg Rageth, one of the cutting-edge researchers in Central Asian carpets, return to the Bay Area to give us his ideas on the origins of Turkmen carpets. This is particularly appropriate given the deYoung Museum’s current exhibit which I hope everyone has had a chance to see at least once. That exhibit shows off several “Middle Amu Darya” weavings (once the so-called “Ersari”) that incorporate floral and other Persianate designs, the most famous of which is the Mina Khani pattern. There is no doubt that the classical Persian garden carpets had an influence on the weavers of the Middle Amu Darya.

Jurg summarizes his talk as follows:

About the Speaker: Jurg Rageth is an independent oriental carpet and textile researcher based in Richen, Switzerland. He has been involved with radiocarbon dating and dye analysis since 1995 and has published several articles on these subjects. This talk represents part of his recent work for a forthcoming publication on Turkmen carpets of Central Asia. As head of the Basel Rug Society he was the organizer of numerous carpet and textile symposia, which have been published under his imprint.

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Forthcoming Events – Mark Your Calendars!

February through March. Oasis Imagery: Carpets from Gansu and East Turkestan at the gallery of SFBARS Board member Sandra Whitman. The exhibition will consist of some 30-40 pieces dating from the late 18th through the early 20th centuries. The exhibit will be set up so that Ningxia and Gansu carpets can be compared, and examples of Kashgar, Khotan, Aksu and Yarkand carpets will allow visitors easily to see the structural differences. There will be examples of RKO carpets from the various regions which will highlight structural, composition and stylistic and esthetic differences in the weaving groups. The exhibit will encompass large and small format avian carpets in medallion, pomegranate tree of life, coffered and uncoffered gul designs from Khotan along with a fabulous fake for education purposes. 361 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 (415-861-4477).

February 26, 2008, 7:00 pm. Gallery talk on “Oasis Imagery: Carpets from Gansu and East Turkestan.” Whitman Gallery, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco.

February 28, 2007, 10:30 am. Walk-through of exhibition, Oasis Imagery. Whitman Gallery, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco.



March 5, 2008, Presentation by Jurg Rageth. Details above.

March 14, 2008, 6:30 pm. Good–Better--Best, Koret Auditorium of the DeYoung Museum. A panel on Turkmen carpet connoisseurship moderated by Seattle collector Fred Ingham. Panelists include S. Peter Poullada and Carol Bier. A lively discussion from three different points of view (collector, curator, and dealer) on what makes a carpet great versus merely good. Co-sponsored by SFBARS. For further information call Textile Department or Diane Mott at 415-750-7609.

March 22, 2008, 10:00 am. Design and Pattern in the Textile Arts of Central Asia. Speaker: Carol Bier, former curator at the Textile Museum in Washington DC. Textile Arts Council, Koret Auditorium, DeYoung Museum. For further information contact TAC website at or phone 415-750-3627.



April 23 (Wednesday), 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Anatolian Prayer Kilims: Yahyali

Prayer Kilims from the Collection of Peter Poullada. Peter Pap Gallery, Jackson Street, San Francisco. A display and discussion followed by a show and

tell of diverse Anatolian Prayer Kilims from the collections of Peter Pap and SFBARS Members. This is a follow up to the very successful discussion and show and tell in 2006 at Pap's Gallery on Anatolian prayer carpets.



Mid May, (exact date to be determined): A Zagros Mountain Showdown, highlighting weavings from the tribes of the Zagros mountains of Iran, at Simonian Oriental Rugs in San Mateo. We will also try to show the 1970's movie

People of the Wind about the Bakhtiyari tribal migration.


Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet. An exhibit and symposium celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the New York Hajji Baba Club. Opens April 11, 2008 at the NY Historical Society. For information on the exhibit and the lectures contact Reservations are required for the gala reception and the symposium.

For long term planners, the date of the ACOR 9 conference has been set for Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Watch their website for updates as plans develop.

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