May Newsletter 2009



Occidental, Sonoma County, CA
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Open House and Pot Luck Picnic
Begins at 12:30 p.m..

Show and Tell of Rugs from the Dixon Collection, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Jim Dixon continues to show his support of SFBARS by generously inviting all members, their guests and our friends from the Armenian Rug Society to his hill-top house for what we hope will be a day of fine weather, food and flowers and what we know will be a fine day of rugs.

Please note a few points of etiquette. We do not wear street shoes in the house; socks or slippers are fine. Parking is limited so car-pooling is appreciated. We will NOT be using the bathrooms in the house but will have Porta-potties as we did last year. We will be recycling as much as possible and will have marked containers.

This year’s event, like last year’s, will be a pot-luck. Paper and plastic supplies and basic beverages will be provided. Members are requested to bring savory or sweet foods, quiches, Middle Eastern foods, finger foods, dips, pasta salads, cheese, fruit, cakes or other sweets.

To coordinate the pot-luck, we ask that everyone reply to Nancy Sheppard by Tuesday May 12, at (415) 315 8285 with your name, phone number, number in your party, and what you would like to bring. You can also reply by email to For last minute responses, please call Nancy on her cell (415) 722 0215, even up to the day of the event. It helps if earlier arrivals bring savories and main courses while later comers bring desserts.

For directions please consult your newsletter

This will be our last event for the 2008-2009 season, but I am already working on a mid-September event. We will be sending out another newsletter this summer with a preview of next season’s events. As always, anyone wishing to help with organizing events or speakers is most welcome to contact me at

See you at Jim Dixon’s.

Have a wonderful summer. I look forward to seeing you next fall.

S. Peter Poullada

Carpet and Silk Road Related Events in the Bay Area

On Thursday, April 30, 4:15pm, Carol Bier, former Curator for Eastern Hemisphere collections at The Textile Museum, will be lecturing at Stanford's Cantor Center. The topic is "Carpets and Culture," followed by discussion. This illustrated lecture will draw upon her research and travels in Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Egypt, and Spain as well as her recent work on Mudejar carpets of 15th-century Spain. The lecture is open to the public. Registration is advised; fee.

On Saturday, May 2, Festival of the Silk Road, sponsored by Afsaneh and others, San Jose, Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater. Bazaar opens 6:30 p.m. Program of music, dance and poetry of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan . . . at 8:00 p.m. You can purchase tickets ($25) on line.

On Sunday, May 3, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Silk Road House (1944 University Ave., Berkeley, between Milvia and Martin Luther King) presents , "Uyghur Culture and Architecture: Past and Present," a talk by Rushan Gul Rozi, PhD. Rozi has worked as an architect, urban planner and researcher on variety of projects, and taught at a number of universities. Her book "Uyghur Vernacular Architecture: Cultural Identity and the Built Environment" is currently in press.

Additional Silk Road House events are scheduled: A Bulgarian history film with comments by Tanya Kostova on Saturday May 9, 4-6 p.m.; the Mongolian painting exhibit with presentation by Lkhagvaagiin Bumandorj, Rector of the Institute of Fine Art, Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, on Saturday May 16, 4-6 p.m.; an outstanding Kazakh epic singer Elmira Zhanabergenova with her daughter Saltanat, a 12-year old kobyz-player, with comments and translations by Alma Kunanbaeva, on Sunday May 24, 1-3 p.m. Further details for each event will be posted on the website,

On Saturday, May 9, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., SFBARS members are invited to a small reception at Carpets of the Inner Circle, 444 Jackson Street, San Francisco, in honor of owner Conroy Cavanna’s recent article in Hali, “A Jaff Kurd Half Kordjin.”

On Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m., the Silk Road Foundation presents "Cotton and Silk, Coral and Carnelian: Costume and Ornament of Turkestan," by Anita Habdank-Kolaczkowska, a Director of the Silk Road Foundation and of the Silk Road House in Berkeley.
Location: Main Quad, Language Corner, Stanford University, Building 260, Room 113.

[Members: If you know of upcoming lectures, exhibitions or the like of potential interest to the SFBARS membership, please send the information to]

SFBARS Board Members Peter Poullada President Jon Eldan Secretary Pat Leiser Treasurer Jacqueline Van Lang Membership Elizabeth Shedd Newsletter Hillary Dumas Website Jim Dixon Renee Rausin Sandra Whitman Murray Eiland Emeritus John Sommer, M.D. Emeritus Members may contact Peter Poullada at 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. 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