Here is the November Newsletter, attached and below (with distorted formatting).

San Francisco

Bay Area

Rug Society



Stefano Ionesco

Antique Ottoman Rugs

in Transylvania

Peter Pap Oriental Rugs

470 Jackson Street, San Francisco. 415-956-3300

(Nearby public parking three blocks away at Broadway and Sansome and Broadway and Battery)

Social hour begins at 6:30; talk begins at 7:15 pm

Transylvania is the repository of the richest and best preserved corpus of small Turkish carpets outside the Islamic world. Almost four hundred examples are attributable to the golden period of Ottoman weaving from the 15th to the 18th century, including Holbein, Ushak, Lotto, and Selendi carpets.

Despite its impressive value, this treasure has scarcely been researched and barely brought to the attention of the public. The very presence of these carpets -- often prayer rugs – which survived in the Lutheran churches of the German minority in Transylvania (also called Saxons, who lived alongside Romanian Orthodox, Hungarian Catholic, and Reformed communities) is a very interesting, complex and unique cultural phenomenon.

About the Speaker

In order to explain the presence of these rugs, Stefano Ionesco has published a comprehensive study about the cultural and religious background of Transylvania. He was born on the border of Transylvania, educated in Bucharest, and has lived in Rome since 1975. He has documented the entire collection of the Black Church in Brasov, together with the most important examples from the Lutheran churches of eight towns or regions, the National Museum of History of Transylvania in Cluj, the National Museum of Art in Bucharest and other European museums. A major objective was to stimulate the preservation and restoration of these rugs and facilitate exhibition of them.

Ionesco is the author of Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania, as well as articles in Hali (Nos. 137, 144, 160) and other journals and magazines and a paper presented at the 2007 ICOC in Istanbul.

Ethnic Textile Bazaar.


November 14, 2010

Members of the Textile Arts Council of the de Young Museum will offer items from their collections for sale. Shop for ethnic jewelry, clothing and textiles and add to your own collection or find a holiday gift. In particular, a number of important rug books have been donated for sale. Authors include Boralevi, Eiland, Bruggemann & Bohmer. A partial list appears at the bottom of page 3.

Proceeds support the Fine Arts Museums’ Textile Department, its collection and the Textile Conservation Lab at the de Young. Please expect to pay by check or with cash. Free parking adjacent to the church. 10am – 4pm, Moriarty Hall, St. Anne of the Sunset Church, 1300 Funston at Judah, San Francisco. For more information: 415 750-3627, .

Call for More New Blood!

We have welcomed Ben Benayan to our Board, and now we continue to look for committed and energetic individuals to join the Board and take an active role in the Society. We typically meet two times a year to organize events, review finances and plan new initiatives. We have several projects in mind for next year: recruiting new members, expanding and upgrading the web-site, arranging a variety of events, including our Annual Dinner/Auction, and raising our profile in the Bay Area community.

If you are interested in joining current Board members in any of these initiatives and/or in joining the Board, please contact Jon Eldan, Secretary, at


January 20, 2011

Save the Date !!!

Friday, February 11

Update of SFBARS Calendar

Joint meeting with the Armenian Rug Society in San Mateo. Speaker will be Paul Hepworth, textile conservator from Istanbul, who will talk about either the Topkapi textile and carpet collection or about Persian garden carpets.

Central Asian specialist Andy Hale will present the Annual Caroline and McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture, in conjunction with the Tribal Arts Show at Fort Mason. The talk, which will be at the museum’s Koret Auditorium, is co-sponsored by SFBARS and the deYoung Museum.

Mid March 2011

Mid April 2011

End of May 2011

Peter Bichler, head of the Austrian Carpet Society will speak on “Fez and Kilim: Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Trade in Carpets and Kilims after 1683.” Date and venue to be finalized.

The second SFBARS Moth Market and Members Bazaar. Date and venue to be finalized (probably Emmet Eiland's Gallery in Berkeley)

As a send-off for the upcoming Stockholm ICOC (June 16-19), SFBARS will have an end of the season picnic at Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace and Gardens in Occidental. Date to be finalized.

The Turkish Cultural Foundation announces the inauguration of the Natural Dye Research and Development Laboratory, one of the world’s most advanced laboratories for research on natural dyes. Known as DATU in Turkey, the laboratory has been providing natural dye technical analysis services free of charge to museums and art institutions, including Topkapi Palace, in Turkey and Azerbaijan. DATU employs micro analysis techniques upon tiny fiber samples from antique carpets and textiles so that antique textiles can be properly preserved and restored. With one of the world’s largest natural dye collections, DATU also can recreate natural dye colors used in traditional Turkish weavings. DATU’s goal is to create a scientific inventory of natural dyes and contribute to the redevelopment of the natural dye production process, as well as spreading the use of natural dyes in textile production.






Carpets from Eastern Turkestan

Hans Bidder




Carpets of Central Asia


Crosby Press



Chinese Carpets

E. Gans-Ruedin




Culture 7 Customs of Serbia and Montenegro

Christopher Deliso

Greenwood Press



Jewish Carpets

Anton Felton

Antique Collectors Club



Kazak Lion Rugs from Fars

Raoul Tschebull

New York Rug Society



Pain Art Center, Textile Museum



Oriental Geometries: Stefano Bardini & the Antique Carpet

Alberto Boralevi




Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections

Murray Eiland




Rugs of the Peasants & Nomads of Anatolia

W. Bruggemann & H. Bohmer

Kunst & Antiquitaten, Munich



Ties That Bind; A Social History of the Iranian Carpet

Leonard M. Helfgott




Trefoil: Guls, Stars & Gardens

Mills College Art Gallery



Turkoman Carpets (and the Ethnographic Significance of their Ornaments)

Siawosch Azadi

Crosby Press



Turkoman Carpets in Franconia

Peter Hoffmeister

Crosby Press




SFBARS Board Members

Peter Poullada President

Jon Eldan Secretary

Renee Rausin Treasurer

Jacqueline Van Lang Membership

Elizabeth Shedd Newsletter

Hillary Dumas Webmaster

Ben Benayan

Jim Dixon

Murray Eiland, M.D. Emeritus

Pat Leiser Emerita

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