<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"><html><head><META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><title>FEB 08.doc</title><style type="text/css" media="print">.hide{display:none}</style></head><body style="margin:0;padding:0"><div class="hide"><div style="background:#ffffcc;padding:4 8;border-bottom:thin solid #eeeeee;font-family:Arial,sans-serif"><a href="/mail/?view=att&th=1184f14071186976&attid=0.1&disp=attd&zw">Download the original attachment</a></div></div><div style="margin:1ex"> <div> <p><font size="5" face="Sylfaen"><b> SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA RUG SOCIETY </b></font></p> <p><font size="6" face="Sylfaen"><b> February Newsletter</b> <b> 2008 </b></font></p> <br> <p align="center"><font size="4" face="Times New Roman"><b>Next Meeting</b></font></p> <h1 align="center"><font size="6" face="Poor Richard"><b>From Mughal Court to Turkmen Tradition</b></font></h1> <br> <p align="center"><font size="5" face="Poor Richard"><b>The Mughal Floral Style and </b></font></p> <p align="center"><font size="5" face="Poor Richard"><b>Its Manifestation in Turkmen Weavings</b></font></p> <br> <p align="center"><font size="5" face="Poor Richard">Speaker: Jurg Rageth, Past President, Basel Rug Society</font></p> <br> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">March 5<sup>th</sup>, 2008</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">Krimsa Gallery</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">2190 Union Street, San Francisco</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">Reception 6:30 pm, Slide Lecture 7:15-8:30</font></p> <p align="center"><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">Show and Tell: Turkmen Floral Weavings</font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">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. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Jurg summarizes his talk as follows:</font></p> <br> <ul><p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">The origin of Turkmen carpet design is a delicate subject. The rich variety of designs in the Turkmen tradition has often been noted. It has been suggested that some patterns reach back to Bronze Age Namazga III pottery from Karatepe in Northeast Khurasan. In addition to indigenous patterns, diverse foreign influences have occurred over a long period of time. One of the patterns that will be discussed is probably a much later addition to the canon of Turkmen carpet design. </font></p></ul> <br> <ul><p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">We will cast light on a design element adapted relatively late from the Persian tradition. A single tent band (ak yup) and a small group of five early Turkmen carpets ( khali) will be considered. All examples contain an unusual flower design which, because of its rounded shapes and naturalistic forms, is somehow  out of place&quot; in the repertoire of geometrical Turkmen carpet patterns. This talk will not only describe similarities of this Turkmen flower pattern to the mid 17<sup>th</sup> century Mughal flower style, but also suggest a contemporary date of production for two of the pieces. The impact of the 17<sup>th</sup> century Mughal flower style on later 18<sup>th</sup> and 19<sup>th</sup> century Yomut and Ersari weavings was probably much stronger than has usually been attributed.</font></p></ul> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">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. </font></p> <br> <br> <blockquote><p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>REMINDER - Annual Membership Dues/Renewal forms for SFBARS were sent out to all Members in January. Please take the time to fill out the form and post your check to Jacqueline Van Lang, our membership director, at 6 Muir Ave, Piedmont CA 94610. We have not received renewals from about 45 Members so far this year. We will be mailing Newsletters and announcements to EVERYONE for a few more months. Please don&#39;t fall off our subscription list.</i></font></p></blockquote> <br> <blockquote><p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>We would like to increase the number of Members receiving Newsletters by e-mail. So we have offered a $5 discount for all those giving us this option. Please take advantage of it.</i></font></p></blockquote> <br> <blockquote><p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>The Subscription/Renewal Form can be accessed and downloaded from our Website as well: </i></font><a href="http://www.sfbars.org" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i><u>www.sfbars.org</u></i></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>. Thank you. </i></font></p></blockquote> <br> <br> <p align="center"><font size="5" face="Poor Richard"><b>Forthcoming Events  Mark Your Calendars!</b></font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>February through March.</u> <b>Oasis Imagery: Carpets from Gansu and East Turkestan</b> 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). <br> </font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>February 26, 2008, 7:00 pm</u>. Gallery talk on  <b>Oasis Imagery: Carpets from Gansu and East Turkestan.</b> Whitman Gallery, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>February 28, 2007, 10:30 am</u>. Walk-through of exhibition, <b>Oasis Imagery</b>. Whitman Gallery, 361 Oak Street, San Francisco. </font></p> <br><a name="0.1_table01"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="638"> <tr valign="top"><td><h3><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>SFBARS</b></font></h3> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Event</b></font></p></td> <td><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>March 5, 2008,</u> Presentation by Jurg Rageth. Details above.</font> </td></tr> </table> </div> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>March 14, 2008, 6:30 pm.</u> <b> Good Better--Best,</b> 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. </font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>March 22, 2008, 10:00 am</u>. <b> Design and Pattern in the Textile Arts of Central Asia</b>. 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 </font><a href="mailto:tac@famsf.org" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>tac@famsf.org</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> or phone 415-750-3627.</font></p> <a name="0.1_table02"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="637"> <tr valign="top"><td height="41"> <br><h3><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>SFBARS</b></font></h3> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Event</b></font></p> </td> <td> <br><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>April 23 (Wednesday), 6:30  9:00 pm</u>. <b>Anatolian Prayer Kilims: Yahyali </b></font> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><b>Prayer Kilims from the Collection of Peter Poullada.</b> Peter Pap Gallery, Jackson Street, San Francisco. A display and discussion followed by a show and</font></p></td></tr> </table> </div> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">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&#39;s Gallery on Anatolian prayer carpets. </font></p> <a name="0.1_table03"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="638"> <tr valign="top"><td height="39"> <br><h3><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>SFBARS</b></font></h3> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard"><b>Event</b></font></p> </td> <td> <br><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>Mid May, (exact date to be determined):</u> <b>A Zagros Mountain Showdown,</b> 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&#39;s movie</font></td></tr> </table> </div> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>People of the Wind </i> about the Bakhtiyari tribal migration.</font></p> <br> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">OUTSIDE THE BAY AREA</font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><b>Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet</b>. 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 </font><a href="http://www.hajji75.org" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>www.hajji75.org</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">. Reservations are required for the gala reception and the symposium.</font></p> <br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">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 </font><a href="http://www.acor-rugs.org" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>www.acor-rugs.org</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> for updates as plans develop. </font></p> <br> <br> <p><font color="#231F20" size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Members: If you know of upcoming lectures, exhibitions, etc. of potential interest to the SFBARS membership, please send the information to</i> </font><a href="mailto:elizabeth.shedd@att.net" target="_blank"><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><u>elizabeth.shedd@att.net</u></font></a><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">.</font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>San Francisco </b></font></p> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>Bay Area</b></font></p> <p><font size="4" face="Poor Richard"><b>Rug Society</b></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Poor Richard">6 Muir Avenue <br> Piedmont, CA 94610</font></p> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br> <br><a name="0.1_table04"></a> <div align="left"> <table width="618" border="2" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr><td> <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tr valign="top"><td height="2"> <br><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>SFBARS Board Members</b></font> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Peter Poullada President</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jon Eldan Secretary</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Pat Leiser Treasurer</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jacqueline Van Lang Membership</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Elizabeth Shedd Newsletter</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Hillary Dumas Website</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Jim Dixon</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Renee Rausin</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Sandra Whitman</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> Bob Dunn </font></p> <br> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman">Murray Eiland Emeritus</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman">John Sommer, M.D. Emeritus</font></p> <p><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"> </font></p></td> <td> <br><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>Members may contact Peter Poullada at <a href="mailto:sppoullada@sbcglobal.net" target="_blank">sppoullada@sbcglobal.net</a>.</b></font> <p align="justify"><font size="2" face="Times New Roman"><b>The San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society is a nonprofit organization whose publications and events are supported by your subscriptions. Individual subscriptions are $40 annually, $60 for two people at the same address. Please send renewals, address changes, or subscriptions to Jacqueline Van Lang, SFBARS Membership, 6 Muir Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610. </b> <b><a href="mailto:jvanlang@hotmail.com" target="_blank">jvanlang@hotmail.com</a>. For more information about SFBARS, including information about membership, an archive of past Newsletter articles, rug pictures and other features, please explore the SFBARS website at <a href="http://www.sfbars.org" target="_blank">www.sfbars.org</a></b>.<b><u> </u></b></font></p> <br></td></tr> </table> </td></tr> </table> </div> </div> </div></body></html>