Picnic at Jim Dixon’s

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Enclosed is the announcement for SFBARS’ annual outing to Jim Dixon’s house in Occidental for a picnic and a close look and discussion of pieces from his collection.

Please note that this is a pot luck affair. If you plan on coming, we need your response to Nancy Shepherd by June 15.

This will be our last event for the 2009-2010 season. As always, anyone wishing to help with organizing events or speakers for next year 2010-2011, is most welcome to contact me at sppoullada@sbcglobal.net.

See you at Jim Dixon’s.

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

Peter Poullada

ICOC in 2011






18825 Fitzpatrick Lane

(707) 874 9512

Occidental, Sonoma County, CA

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Open House and Pot-Luck Picnic to begin at 12:30 p.m.

Show and Tell from the Dixon Collection, 2:00-3:00 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.

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 Port-a-potties as we did last year. We will be recycling as much as possible and will have marked containers.

In keeping with our tradition, we are organizing the event this year as 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 you r.s.v.p. to Nancy Sheppard by June 15, at (415) 315 8285 to leave her your name, number, number in your party, and what you would like to bring. You can also r.s.v.p. by email to nancy.a.sheppard@jpmorgan.com. For last minute r.s.v.p.s 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 see your newsletter.




In June of 2011, ICOC will offer a veritable smorgasbord of unexpected discoveries, receptions and festive cultural events that are sure to appeal to enthusiasts and aficionados, expert collectors, scholars and dealers from around the world.

Mark your calendars now! The 12th ICOC will be held in beautiful Stockholm from June 16-19, 2011. An art-filled pre-conference tour takes you to Copenhagen. And a post-Conference tour to St. Petersburg, Russia will cap off your unforgettable ICOC experience. June is a wonderful time to visit these wonderful cities with their rivers, canals, cultural sites and architecture.

The Conference in Stockholm, June 16-19, is the ideal destination and the perfect season to enjoy educational lectures from international experts, a robust International Dealers’ Fair and several exhibitions of rugs and textiles from private collections. A special exhibition of rare Turkmen carpets and trappings is being organized. The hotels that we recommend are situated very close to the Central train station and are within easy reach of the Conference Center.

Your evenings will be filled with receptions and visits to exhibitions at several museums and the Royal Palace. Feast your eyes on the world famous ‘Marby’ rug, as well as 17th century Transylvanian rugs, glorious ‘Polonaise’ carpets, colorful 18th century Swedish folk art textiles, and the widely published Safavid silk velvet coat that belonged to Queen Christina. And this is just a sampling!

The pre-Conference tour to Copenhagen, June 14-15, features the stunning new installation of the David Collection, which has one of the finest collections of Islamic Art in Europe, including a small Mamluk rug, a large Seljuk carpet, a ‘Salting’ rug, a millefleurs Mughal rug, an early Persian Safavid carpet and fabulous early Islamic textiles -- as well as many outstanding European works of art.

See the wonderful Rosenborg Royal castle built by King Christian IV in 1606. In "The Knights' Hall,” twelve tapestries from 1675-1679 show the King's victories in the Scanian War. This Hall also holds all the 17th century Coronation ‘Polonaise’ carpets and they will be on view together exclusively for our group.

Copenhagen’s Museum of Applied Arts will display some Islamic textiles and we will visit a Royal apartment at Amalienborg Palace where the Royal family lives today. A leisurely boat tour under the bridges of Copenhagen will give you a sea-view of this remarkable Danish city and its harbor.

The post-Conference tour to St. Petersburg, Russia, June 21-24, promises to be one of the most remarkable highlights of all previous ICOC events. You will have rare private access to many famous carpets and textiles in the storage rooms of the world famous Hermitage Museum. Marvel at the venerable Pazyryk Carpet and the splendid Scythian material right before your eyes.

The Russian Museum of Ethnography will give us rare entry to its storage areas and a special rug exhibition, organized exclusively for the ICOC tour group by its renowned former curator, Dr. Elena Tsareva, now at the Kunstkamera Museum. A boat tour of the River Neva and St. Petersburg’s canals will give you a unique perspective on Peter the Great’s ideal city and its historic architecture. We will also visit one of the splendid Summer Palaces.

Please join us in making the 12th ICOC an exciting and educational destination in June next year. Soon we will announce our special conference website where you may register for all of these great events! For now, go to www.ICOC-orientalrugs.org.

Dennis Dodds
Secretary-general, ICOC


Information and discussion will be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Conference-on-Oriental-Carpets/192869306455

Although it is not yet complete, more information and registration will be at the Stockholm conference website: http://www.icoc2011stockholm.se/

However, information and instructions can be found there for our first priority: inviting submissions for proposals to the Academic Sessions. The Call For Papers is on the Stockholm website. For the Stockholm conference, we have a new system for submitting paper proposal and abstracts.

Instead of submitting proposals directly to Alberto Boralevi (the Chair of the Academic Committee), proposals should be uploaded directly on the Conference web-site shown above. Just click on the link for online Paper Submission and follow the instructions.

You will notice that we have decided to upgrade as much as possible the quality of presentations at the next Conference. For this reason, we have also decided to reduce the number of accepted papers to a maximum of 40. Only oral presentations will be accepted for ICOC-XII. There will be no Poster Sessions.

Thank you.

Wendel Swan

Chair, ICOC Executive Committee