Updated: March 3, 2023

Please note. This site has not been updated since Feb 25, 2021, so everything except Denver announcement is at least two years old.

The Denver Art Museum is having a symposium!
Saturday March 25, 2023

Please see link below

denver rug symposium


Updated: February 25, 2021:

It's been awhile. I hope everyone is keeping safe!


Ersari chuval, private collection

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VIRTUAL PROGRAM VIA ZOOM Saturday, March 13, 2021 / 10 a.m. PST


Small Pile Weavings of the Turkic Nomads of Central Asia with Dr. Richard Isaacson

Collector and Independent Scholar, Arlington, VA

The familiar red textiles of the Türkmen tribes of Central Asia are appreciated by rug collectors, artists, and interior designers in the west. With the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, several new independent countries arose in Central Asia, and textile lovers were presented with their first detailed exposure to the previously hidden artistry of several other related ethnic Turkic groups, i.e. Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Kazakh, and Karakalpak weavings. These textiles demonstrated many similarities, but also many individual differences compared to the previously known Türkmen artifacts.

Dr. Richard Isaacson’s talk will begin with a review of the principal small weavings of the various Türkmen tribes, and will also describe recently researched evidence concerning the function of a particularly striking item, the eñsi. In the second part of the program, he will show examples from the other related Turkic tribal groups in Central Asia, and compare them to their Türkmen counterparts.

Richard Isaacson attended Columbia and Stanford Universities, and received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Maryland. He taught at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, then moved to the U.S. National Science Foundation in Washington, DC where he served as the Program Director for Gravitational Physics for almost three decades. He simultaneously pursued a strong interest in art and oriental carpets.

Dr. Isaacson has published in Oriental Rug Review, HALI, Steppe, and Carpet Collector magazines, and has written the exhibition catalogue Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia. He has lectured frequently at the Textile Museum, and the Türkmen Treffen in Hamburg, Germany. He has also spoken to many rug and textile societies across the US, and at various museums.

Zoom link:



Textile Museum Associates of Southern California
International Hajji Baba Society (DC)
Chicago Oriental Rug & Textile Society
Colorado Textile Group
Portland Area Rug Society
San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society
Seattle Textile & Rug Society

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Kyrgyz fragment, Christie’s London April 19, 2016 March Newsletter

March 2020 Newsletter:

march 2020 Newsletter

Alert! Change in time for McCoy Jones lecture

Save the dates!

The Thirteenth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture April 4, 2020,

10:00 am

Face of half a Double Saddlebag (Khorjin) (detail), ca. 1850, Northwestern Iran or Azerbaijan, Shahsevan tribe. Wool (warp, ground weft, and sumak weft); sumak extra-weft wrapping (front); weft-faced plain weave (back), 26 in. (66 cm), x 21 1/2 in. (54.6 cm). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Inger G. and William B. Ginsberg, 2015.490.37

On Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:00am, the de Young museum will host The Thirteenth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture. Entitled Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from Anatolia to Iran, the lecture will be presented by Dr. Deniz Beyazit, Associate Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Please find more information about the lecture here:



April 4th also marks the 150th Anniversary of Golden Gate Park. Please be sure to leave ample time to arrive at the museum and for parking.

Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from Anatolia to Iran
With Deniz Beyazit, PhD
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Woven bags carried by nomads in the Middle East were designed to contain all of the necessities of life, from bedding to salt. This talk will present distinctly patterned examples of woven bags from nomadic cultures from Anatolia to Iran. Featuring geometric patterns as well as stylized floral and animal motifs, these textiles are both utilitarian and expressive of a highly sophisticated tribal aesthetic. These brightly colored works of tribal weavings from the region lend insight into a way of life practiced in the broader Middle East for hundreds of years. The talk draws from a selection of textiles that William and Inger Ginsberg donated in 2015 and 2018 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Dr. Deniz Beyazit is Associate Curator in the Department of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is co-author with Sheila Canby and Martina Rugiadi of Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs (2016) and editor of At the Crossroads of Empires: 14th–15th Century Eastern Anatolia (2012).

Free. No museum admission required.

August 2019 Newsletter:

august 2019 Newsletter

"The Turkmen Storage Bag exhibition at the DeYoung museum

Opening August 31, 2019 through November 15, 2020.

The Fine Arts Museums is home to one of the most important collections of Turkmen carpet weavings in the United States. The foundation of this collection was solidified by a major gift of Central Asian carpets and textiles from Caroline and H. McCoy Jones in the early 1980s. The Joneses’ gift put the de Young on the map of the international rug-collecting world, and in the years following, two other major collections of Turkmen weavings were donated to the Museums, namely that of Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg, who gifted their collection in 1997, and that of George and Marie Hecksher, who began gifting rare textiles to the Museums in 1999.

A small, focused exhibition, The Turkmen Storage Bag will showcase approximately nine storage bags representing five subgroups. The exhibition will take advantage of the intimate space in the T. B. Walker Textile Education Gallery to present a refined selection of the finest examples of these portable storage bags, in order to highlight the similarities and differences between the different groups’ weaving techniques and rendition of the gül motif. The exhibition serves as an introduction of the varying styles to novices, while appealing to connoisseurs with prime examples both from different subgroups and from Bay Area collectors.


A walk through of the exhibition with Peter Poullada:
The Turkmen Storage Bag Collection
T.B. Walker Textile Education Gallery
Wed. Sept 18, 2019, 11am,
de Young Museum

ARTS: Antique Rug & Textile Show
October 18-20, 2019
Greenwich Inn
3201 Steiner St, San Francisco



Egyptian Tentmaker Applique in American Collections
Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3 – 5pm
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S 1st St, San Jose
SFBARS is jointly sponsoring a lecture by ACOR

Mayan Traje: A Tradition in Transition
Through Oct. 13, 2019
Turner & Gilliland Galleries
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

For details please see newsletter at sfbars.org

Past Events.

The Twelfth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

Knots, Art and History: Shifting Perspectives and Perceptions within the Berlin Carpet Collection, by Anna Beselin

Saturday, February 9 th at 1:00PM

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

The Berlin Carpet Collection is one of the most important and oldest collections in Europe. For decades unique carpets were a major attraction for carpet lovers worldwide. But what if the interest in this group of artwork decreases among a general audience, as well as among the next generation of collectors? Facing this problem, the Berlin Museum of Islamic Art bears the challenge to communicate new histories about individual pieces and offer new approaches to a varied audience. Aiming to catch a wider and new audience, this talk will introduce you to a fascinating variety of individual histories of the collection’s highlights.

Anna Beselin is Head of Textile Conservation and Curator for Carpets at the Museum für Islamische Kunst Berlin. With many years of conservation practice and postgraduate studies in art history, she has accrued comprehensive knowledge of Islamic carpets.  

Ticket Information

Free. No museum admission required.

Contact Information

Laura Camerlengo
(415) 750-8909

Image Caption/Credit

Fragment (flower carpet), 2nd half of the 17th century
Caucasus, Azerbaijan

Chain: silk; Shot: silk; Knots: Wool 147 cm x 64 cm Museum für Islamische Kunst, 1889.157 © Photo: Museum für Islamische Kunst der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz Photographer: Johannes Kramer

Past Events.


Fri-Sun. October 19 – 21
Antique Rug & Textile Show (ARTS)
Greenwich Inn
3201 Steiner St, S.F.
Open free to the public
Sat. Oct 20, 10 am - 8pm
Sun. Oct 21, 10am - 5pm


2018 Dealer’s Choice Exhibit sponsored by SFBARS

Sat. October 10, 7pm

The Golden Era of Central Asia IKATS by Ali Istalifi
Krimsa Gallery, 2109 Union Street 415-441-4321


Past visits

Visit to Jim's in Occidental June 17th

The Coronation Carpet is on view at LACMA (LA county museum) until July 8th! Not to be missed!

Tale of two persian carpets


The Ardebil and Coronation carpets are on view for a very short while at LACMA (LA county museum.) Sorry for the late heads up. The Ardebil will be taken down this Feb 11th and the Coronation carpet up the 17th.

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oct 2018 Newsletter


The Eleventh Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

"Cosmopolitan Arabia: Exploring Cross-Cultural Encounters through Dress and Adornment," by Alex Aubry

Saturday, February 10th at 1:30PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum

Admission to the lecture is free.

Through rare examples of traditional dress and adornment, this lecture will explore centuries of cross-cultural encounters in the Arabian Peninsula. Culled from private collections in Saudi Arabia, they include exceptional examples from the Kingdom’s coastal region of Hijaz, home to historically cosmopolitan urban centers such as Mecca, Medina and the port city of Jeddah.

Alex Aubry is the Director of the Fashion Resource Center at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Editor-at-Large for Harper’s Bazaar Arabia. From 2013–2016 he served as the Curatorial Director of the Art of Heritage Collection of Saudi Material Culture, and has contributed to two books on museum development and costume collecting in the Arabian Gulf region.

Recent past events:

Meeting at Jim Dixon's in Occidental
ARTS in San Francisco
and a talk by DeWitt Mallary on the Jurg Rageth study of Turkmen rugs from Central Asia at Krimsa Gallery


Antique Rug & Textile Show: ARTS
ARTS San Francisco is moving! The 9th annual Antique Rug & Textile Show in San Francisco will take place this year at a new location in the Marina District of San Francisco!
from October 27-29 2017 at the Greenwich Inn. 3201 Steiner St, San Francisco, CA 94123.

ARTS 2017 will be hosting a special exhibition, ‘Dealers’ Choice,’ a selection of pieces from the participating dealers’ private collections.

On Saturday October 28th at 7:00pm DeWitt Mallary will give a talk on the Jurg Rageth study of Turkmen rugs from Central Asia at Krimsa Gallery, 2190 Union Street, just two blocks from our venue.

The above two events are co-sponsored by SFBARS, the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society.



Gallery Talk
Artful Weavings, featuring the John Corwin Afshar Collection
2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 11
Peter Pap Oriental Rugs
470 Jackson Street, San Francisco

Board Member Ben Banayan will guide us through the Afshar exhibit currently on display at Peter Pap's Gallery. It is a rare opportunity to see some exceptional Persian tribal and village rugs, many of the rugs were published.

January Newsletter:

January Newsletter


February 11th, 2017
The Tenth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

February 9-12 Tribal & Textile Art show
Tribal show

The Tenth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

Dr. Richard Isaacson : The Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia

Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 2:00PM
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion:
2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA

SF Bay Area Rug Society Co-Sponsor with the de Young Museum

Dr. Richard Isaacson : The Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia

Dr. Richard Isaacson is a specialist of Central Asian textiles and carpets. He attended Columbia and Stanford Universities before receiving his Ph.D in Theoretical Physics from the University of Maryland.

Active with the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., where Isaacson has frequently lectured and served as a member of the Textile Museum Advisory Council, he was the Guest Curator of Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia (March 30, 2007 – August 19, 2007), and From the Amu Darya to the Potomac: Central Asian Bags from Area Collections (September 7, 2001 – February 24, 2002).

Dr. Isaacson was a member of Local Organizing Committee for the 10th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (2003), Washington, D.C., and served as the Exhibition Project Manager for the ICOC show Treasures from the Museums of Uzbekistan.

Dr. Isaacson has published in Oriental Rug Review, HALI, Steppe, and Carpet Collector magazines, and is the author of Architectural Textiles: Tent Bands of Central Asia.

His latest publication explores archival photographs showing the use of Türkmen Door Rugs.

Presently at the Asian Art Museum


http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions_index/exhibitions RAMA EPIC

Also showing at the Asian Art Museum:


Schedule surrounding ARTS events:

Now going into its eighth year, the Antique Rug and Textile Show (ARTS) in San Francisco is the largest
show of its type focused exclusively on authentic antique rugs and textiles from weaving cultures
from across the world. The informal often festive tone of the show allows for a comfortable
environment in which to browse some of the best antique collectible rugs and textiles available on the
market.See below for details and related events during the show period, and see attached invitations.

Friday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.
The ARTS Opening Reception and Preview
Capri Motel, 2015 Greenwich
Dinner and wine catered by La Mediterranee will begin at 5:00PM.
The Opening Reception is $25 if you RSVP through the ARTS website or $40 at the door.


Saturday, October 22nd to Sunday, October 23rd, 10:00AM - 7:00PM
ARTS is open and free to the public

Saturday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.
Baluch Main Carpet Exhibit – ARTS
Capri Motel, 2015 Greenwich Street, between Buchanan and Webster, San Francisco
SFBARS is delighted to be a co-sponsor of a thematic exhibit of Baluch main carpets from private
Bay Area collections. The exhibit will run throughout the ARTS event, Saturday, October 22nd to Sunday,
October 23rd. 10:00am - 7:00pm, but SFBARS invites you to view it in the company of fellow members

on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. Ben Banayan, SFBARS Board Member and Curator of the Exhibit will provide brief comments.

The following evening, Saturday October 22nd, please join ARS for a party and brief talk at Krimsa Gallery.

Saturday, October 22, 7:30 p.m.
The Armenian Rug Society: celebration and short program at:

Krimsa, 2190 Union Street ( just a few blocks from the Capri Motel, site of the ARTS event) ARS President, Hratch Kozibeyokian will give a though-provoking and well illustrated talk titled,
"Stop the Running Dog!" on motifs and symbolism in Near Eastern rugs and weaving.

Hratch, an expert on Oriental Rugs and Armenian weaving in particular based in Glendale, California,
has been involved in the rug world the majority of his adult life. he is further known for his erudition,
good nature, and humor and actively awaits your questions and input.

Invitation from Peter Pap:

The John Corwin Collection

Link to Jozan Magazine featuring ARTS!


Link to ARTS Antique Rug & Textile Show San Francisco Motel Capri



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September Newsletter

Interview with Jurg Rageth in Carpet Collector Magazine


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May Newsletter

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May Newsletter

Sunday, May 22, 2016. 5:30-7pm
Weavings of Nomads in Iran:
Warp-Faced Bands & Related Textiles
Lecture by Dr. Fred Mushkat
Krimsa Gallery: 2190 Union Street, SF

See May Newsletter for details

Meeting at Jim Dixon's June 26, 2016

Beshires and a show of Kazaks

Fred Mushkat talked about tent bands from the Qashqaie nomads in southwestern Iran. Bittersweet. Their lifestyle came to a screeching halt when the government clamped down on their grazing patterns, and all of these bands, and their unique culture, are part of history now.

Karina Nilsen

Sunday, May 22, 2016, 5-7 pm
Dr. Fred Mushkat, South Persian Tribal Weavings, at Krimsa

Sunday, May 22, 2016. 5:30-7pm
Weavings of Nomads in Iran:
Warp-Faced Bands & Related Textiles
Lecture by Dr. Fred Mushkat
Krimsa Gallery: 2190 Union Street, SF

Warp-faced weavings made by nomads in Iran are an oft- neglected aspect of their weaving culture. These utility weavings include bands made for decorating horses, camels, mules and for attaching cargo bags to pack animals. Bands were used in tents for structural support and decoration. Other warp-faced textiles include tent and transport containers. Warp-faced flatweaves were placed over bedding bags in the tent, placed on animals and used as floor coverings. The use of this technically difficult group of structures declined dramatically beginning about a century ago. In addition to a talk about these weavings, Dr. Mushkat, will be showing examples from the major nomadic pastoralists in Iran, a number of which have not been seen in North America. Attendees are welcome to bring their examples for discussion.
Dr. Fred Mushkat received an M.D degree at Ohio State in 1976 and has been a practicing emergency physician since 1979. His interest in textiles began in 1977 when he began going to yard sales and finding an occasional Oriental rug. Like many people at that time, he became interested in "ethnographic" textiles and focused on non-commercial weavings made by nomads. Warp-faced weavings had these qualities and had been largely ignored by the trade. He began collecting bands in 1986. He published an article on warp-faced bands in HALI 84, in 1996 In 2001, he curated an exhibition of warp-faced bands from Iran at the American Conference of Oriental Rugs (ACOR). He is in the final stages of completing a book on these textiles, to be published by HALI publications.


Sunday, June 26, 12-4 pm
Annual Potluck and Visit to Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace, Occidental

Saturday April 2, 5-7pm
Turkish film, The Dream of a Butterfly (2013)
Silk Road House, Berkeley

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FEB 26 — MAY 8, 2016

At the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco



Just a reminder to see the Asian art museum's exhibition of textiles. It is a small, but choice exhibit:


From the museum:

"The 11 textiles in this exhibition are selections from a private New York collection, providing a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Iranian, Indian and Turkish silk velvets. Spanning three distinct cultural areas with their own design sensibilities and tastes, this group of textiles showcases different techniques of velvet production and suggests their varied uses.

"Of special note are the two complete 17th-century carpets from India and Iran, each measuring nearly 6 by 4 feet and retaining not only their design elements but also their vibrant colors. These, along with nine other substantially sized textile fragments, show the cultural exchange between the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman empires—linked by shifting ties of political, religious and economic rivalry"

March Newsletter

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March Newsletter

Peter Poulada and Anna Beselin examining Safavid "Vase Carpet" Jekyll fragment

Thursday April 30, 2015. 6:30 pm

"Reassembling a Persian Beauty" with Anna Beselin, Senior Textile Conservator Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, Germany

At: KRIMSA: 2190 Union Street at Fillmore, San Francisco

Parking nearby at S&F Parking, 2001 Union Street
between Buchanan and Webster.

Free to dues-paying members of $5 at the door for non-members.

"...In a unique collaboration with the Museum fuer Islamische Kunst Berlin's conservation department, the two fragments are going to be rejoined after several decades of separation...."

Please click on "March Newsletter" above for more information.

New England Society newsletter

Save the dates!

Interesting tour:

May 19th-30th 2015

Notice from British textile researchers David and Sue Richardson:

We are delighted to announce that the dates of our 2016 tour will be 19-30 May. We will again be exploring some of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia - Flores, Lembata, Alor, Timor, Savu, Sumba and Rinca - from the comfort of the beautiful Ombak Putih.

Our days will be spent exploring weaving villages and learning about natural dyeing techniques, plus of course some time for snorkelling and relaxing on deck. Each evening we will give a talk on the people and textiles we will be encountering the next day.

The trip is limited to 22 participants. Why not be one of them and join us for the trip of a lifetime?

Full details can be found in this PDF brochure




at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Woven Luxuries
Indian, Persian and Turkish Textiles
from the Indictor Collection

March 13--Nov 1, 2015

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Woven luxuries

Other out of town dates:

May 29-31

August August 6 - 9

Paul Kreiss the rug book shop:

You may be interested in news about 2 rug shows coming up:

ARTS Antique Rugs and Textile Show, which has been held in San Francisco for years, is coming to Boston on May 29-31. The San Francisco show is noted for the quality of the rugs shown. There are some details on the website: artsrugshow.org.

and the 13th ICOC - the International Conference on Oriental Carpets - will be in Washington D.C. on August 6 - 9 in conjunction with the opening of the Textile Museum in its new location. Registration will start on April 1; the number of registrants will be limited. The website is icoc-orientalrugs.org.

January Newsletter

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Interesting tours:

Hali Tour to Spain and Portugal May 19-31 2015


Hali Tour

and Transylvanian tour with Stefan Ionesco June 5-14 2015

Transylvanian tour

Feb. 25 - March 10, 2015


Vedat Karadag of Cultural Travel and Walk Turkey Adventures in Istanbul is organizing another tour to Iran, from Feb. 25 - March 10, 2015 out of Istanbul. Vedat led a very successful tour last year with a group of eight Americans, including several rug society members, who had a wonderful experience. It will be a small group, only 8–12 people, and there are still places left in the upcoming tour. A detailed description can be found on the Cultural Travels site, http://www.culturaltravel.com/Cultural%20Travel%20-%20Iran%20Tour.html and at this link (ATTACHED ITINERARY)
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IranTour itinerary

As you may know, Vedat is an enthusiastic ruggie, so that this trip will see lots of rugs and textiles, in addition to the expected sites to be seen in this ancient country. If you are interested, please inquire as soon as possible, since it takes a couple of months for visas to be processed. The deadline for registration is November 10, so time is important. For more information, please contact Mesuthan Ozgen or Vedat Karadag, Cultural Travel and Walk Turkey Adventures, Istanbul at info@walkturkey.com

Past events

Saturday, February 7 : 1 - 3 pm

McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture

The Eighth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture Women’s Visions: A Nomad Legacy in Islamic Art
by John Wertime

Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA

In the eastern half of northwest Persia and Transcaucasia, an ancient weaving culture once existed, wherein the women of nomadic pastoralist tribes and their settled kin produced utilitarian textiles of uncommon quality and beauty using the weft-wrapping weaving technique known as sumak. Outstanding examples from this rich tradition illustrate the lives of these nomad women, the objects they made, and the influences on their artistic visions.

John Wertime is an independent scholar, author, and lecturer on flat weaves and tribal carpets. His numerous publications include Caucasian Carpets and Covers: The Weaving Culture (1995) and Sumak Bags of Northeast Persia and Transcaucasia (1998).

This lecture is generously supported by the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society.


March 22, 2015

"Colors of the Past & Threads of the time"

A Mini Symposium
Organized by: Armenian Rugs Society
Hosted by: Ararat Eskijiann Museum

15105 Mission Hills Road, Mission Hills, CA 91345
Sunday, March 22, 2015
3:00-7:00 pm

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Mini Symposium

Armenian rugs society

Armenian Rugs Society fb page: www.facebook.com/pages/Armenian-Rugs-Society/151443648200842

1. October 12th Sunday, 1-3pm Silk Road House


The Silk Road House presents: "Tales from the Steppes - An hour of stories from Central Asia for families" performed by storytellers Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry.

Our guests will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of folk tales, where friendship can transform mere gold into a true treasure, rascally boys can trick their elders, and pumpkins can have extraordinary adventures.

2. Wednesday October 15, 2014 Occidental, California

Picnic at Jim Dixon's

in conjuntion with ARTS (see next)



3. October 16-19, 2014

ARTS: artsrugshow.org


ARTS is returning to San Francisco
October 16-19, 2014!
The Antique Rug & Textile Art Association (ARTAA) presents — ARTS, the 6th annual Antique Rug & Textile Show in the Marina District of San Francisco.

4. A series of lectures:

Lecture series


May Newsletter

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PAST EVENTS September 4, 2014, Lauren Arnold at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

Lauren Arnold


The series of lectures:

Lecture series

http://www.asianart.org/events/search?series_types=society+for+asian+art www.asianart.org/events/search?series_types=society+for+asian+art

September 8, 2014

"Felts of the Kyrgyz" with Stephanie Bunn, Author, Researcher, and Lecturer in Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, UK.

To be held At KRIMSA gallery

2190 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-4321 6:30pm Monday, September 8, 2014

Abstract: Felt across Eurasia

Central Asian and Mongolian herders have made felt textiles for several thousand years, developing a great range of skills for use in felt production, and a diversity of uses for this ubiquitous nomadic textile. Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek felts all have their own unique characteristics, patterns, colours and techniques. Mongolian felts, in contrast, are almost entirely monochrome, relying upon quilting to create a textured effect.

Afghan felt shows incredible diversity, reflecting this country’s complex history of migration from the Near and Far East, and the North. The lecture will discuss how each group’s unique and characteristic felt-making techniques and felt patterns are related. The link between pattern, belief and aesthetics will be explored, and the synthesis between the older Central Asian world view and that inspired by Islam will also be discussed in regard to its expression on felt carpets.

Dr Stephanie Bunn is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology of Eurasia and Material Culture at the University of St Andrews. She is also curator of the University’s Ethnographic and Amerindian collections.

She has been carrying out research into Central Asian felt textiles since 1989, and has conducted field research among high mountain pastoralists in Kyrgyzstan between 1994 and 1997, and again in 2002, 2003 and 2011. Dr Bunn has also made collections of felt textiles for the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland.

She collected and curated the British Museum exhibition Striking Tents and the Collins Gallery exhibition From Quilts to Couture. Her recent book, Nomadic Felts, published by the British Museum Press, covers the legacy of nomadic felt-making from Eastern Europe across Central Asia as far east as Japan. She has also edited the volume Kyrgyzstan on Kyrgyz costume and the work of ethnographer Klavdiya Antipina.

She is currently writing a volume on Kyrgyz felt textiles, nomadic beliefs and practices, and doing new research into Scottish vernacular basketry.

May Newsletter

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Hali Tour Hali tour


ICOC Tour information November 15-21, 2014:

Registration CLOSED! all participants that have payed the tour fee will receive the detailed programme shortly

We are proud to announce that the ICOC Tour Vienna-Budapest 2014 is now open for registration.
We trust you find sufficiant information on the TKF website ICOC Touricoc-tour 2014
www.tkf-textilkunst.at at the relevant pages “ICOC-Tour Vienna-Budapest” - naturally we are still working to improve the overall programme and we will adapt this website accordingly.
Please note that there is a PRE-ICOC Tour to Lombardia by Stefano Ionescu. That offers the exciting opportunity to see the best of Italy, Austria and Hungary in one trip!
To register for the ICOC Tour Vienna-Budapest please use the PDF document that you will find at the bottom of the "how to register and pay" page. To register for the PRE-ICOC Tour to Lombardia please follow the instruction that Stefano Ionescu prepared for you.

Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna,
Peter Bichler

ICOC Tour How to register ICOC Tour 2014


Always of great interest: Rug Rabbit albums and John Taylor blog

Rug Rabbit gallery Islamic art Berlin

Rug Tracker Rugtracker

Prince’s coat, Central Asia, 8th century. Silk; weft-faced compound twill (samit), lining: China, Tang dynasty, 8th century, silk; twill damask. 18 7/8 x 32 7/16 in. (48 x 82.5 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1996.2.1

Prince's coat

September 2013 newsletter:
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New England Rug Society September Newsletter:

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June 2013 newsletter:
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June newsletter

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ARS: ARS October 18-20

R. John Howe's blog: Gordon Priest on Persian, Kurdish and Caucasian bags

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Save the dates!

To be announced Annual Gathering at Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace and Gardens

Past Exhibition at the deYoung At the deYoung. Jill D'Alessandro just opened a small exhibition of the deYoung's European textile collection
--from May 4, 2013 - August 4, 2013

European textile collection

Saturday August 23 1-2:30 pm
Samsung Hall

Talks & Lectures, and part of Perspectives on Persian Art Lecture Series

AUG 23 Free with museum admission

Dr. David Stronach, University of California, Berkeley, professor emeritus of Near Eastern art and archaeology, kicks off the museum’s new Perspectives on Persian Art lecture series with a lively talk about the influence of traditional Persian gardens in Asia and Europe.


June 23, 2013 Annual Gathering at Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace and Gardens, Occidental

Armenian Rug society
See Lauren Arnold's spectacular flicker pages! The Carpet Index
Further information to follow on the ARS website
R. John Howe's blog: R. John Howe's rug blog

May 8, 2013 speaker: Walter Denny
"Carpets, Textiles and Islamic Art: Museum Practices in the 21st Century"
Krimsa Gallery, 2190 Union Street, San francisco. Tel 415-441-4320

Walter B. Denny, Professor of Art History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will deliver an illustrated lecture about the planning and implementation of the new Islamic galleries at the Met., concentrating on the dramatically enhanced displays of carpets and textiles. He will also discuss the role of textiles and carpets in other new or renovated Islamic galleries, including the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, the Louvre in Paris and the Detroit Institute of Arts, the David Collection in Copenhagen, and the forthcoming Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

An interesting new magazine:Carpet collector
An interesting blog "Where are the next generations of collectors to come from"
Eccentric Wefts


Message to Members

For the 2011-2012 season, your SFBARS Program Committee, made up for now of Peter Poullada and Ben Banayan, have changed the usual pattern of meetings. Instead of trying to provide a lecture event each month or so, we have decided to concentrate activities around a few key events.

In general our idea is that events that have a social as well as an educational content are more successful and attractive to our members than simply a slide lecture. Thus we will seek to sponsor exhibits and team up with local organizations.

In this way we can bring you exhibits, lectures as well as social events. For suggestions for events of this kind, please contact Ben Banayan at benbanayan@hotmail.com.

Finally, since Peter Poullada officially retired from the position of President of the Society after ten years of service, effective July 1, 2011, the Board is seeking an appropriate replacement. Anyone interested in taking on the position or in joining the Board should please contact our Secrtary, Jon Elden, eldanj@yahoo.com.

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 eldanj@yahoo.com.

SFBARS is still looking for Members who are interested in taking leadership roles in the organizing of events and in helping out with hosting of speakers. We welcome those who wish to join the Board and help us continue the long tradition of a flourishing Society in the Bay Area. Anyone interested in asissting or joining the Board please contact Peter Poullada at sppoullada@sbcglobal.net. ...

Donors to SFBARS

We would like to extend special thanks to the following members who have made donations to the SFBARS Speakers Fund: Levon Der Bedrossian, Sue Zagars, Grace and John Smith, Barbara Levinson, and Leila Poullada.



Thomas Murray Arts Website Update Announcement

Thomas Murray Arts
Thomas Murray Arts

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COTIC New Gallery Space

Carpets of the Inner Circle: New Gallery Space

!! Books !!

Book on the Qaraqalpaqs: By David and Sue Richardson

Five Centuries of Indonesian Textiles, Ruth Barnes and Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, eds., has received the R. L. Shep Award administered by the Textile Society of America. Jill D’Alessandro acted as the awarding committee chair. This comprehensive volume highlights Mary Hunt Kahlenberg’s personal collection of over 350 Indonesian ceremonial garments and textiles, which she has assembled over a 30-year period. Kahlenberg, a former Curator of Textiles at LACMA, has been at the forefront of the study of Indonesian textiles. For the first time important evidence for the antiquity of some of the textiles is given, including a surprising 15th-century date on some of the textiles.

Woven Structures: A Guide to Oriental Rug and Textile Analysis is back in print. Highly praised by the Murray Eilands, Marla Mallett’s book presents, for the first time, meticulously detailed descriptions of knotted pile and flatwoven structures that identify not only weaving techniques but the design characteristics they encourage. For complete information, www.marlamallett.com/book.htm.

Beduin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbors. SFBARS member Joy Hilden will present a slide lecture and spinning and weaving demonstration at Bookworks in Albuquerque, NM on October 16, 2011. For more information, joy@beduinweaving.com.




Photos from the annual joint meeting with the Armenian Rug Society
Armenian Rug Society
Many thanks to the gracious hosts Araxi and Joe Bezdjian!


Textile Museum News


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.

Other announcements

An interesting interview with Joy Totah Hilden author of a her new book Bedouin weaving of Saudi Arabia and its Neighbors




Photos from Tom Cole Tribal Rugs opening:

Duke Collection


When Carol Bier spoke to us in January, she promised to provide certain references people asked about. here they are:

Doris Duke's Shangri La -
http://shangrilahawaii.org/ is the site for the house itself with an option to Tour the Property, among many other options

Here is the database of the collection that is searchable on the web -

Information about Doris Duke the Collector -

Here is where you can download a PDF of the book "Doris Duke's Shangri La" by
Sharon Littlefield with an Introduction by Carol Bier -


Peter Poullada, Jim Dixon and soome friends holding a Kizil Ayaq Turkmen trapping-- this last September 2011 at Jim's rug palace. A good time was had by all.


Jay Jones hosting the Chinese seat mat exhibition last year at the Capri Motel


Membership Renewal Don’t forget to renew your membership; we now keep memberships on an annual basis, starting the first of the year. A form is attached for your use. We also welcome new members, if you wish to pass it to someone else.

San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society

A California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation



Membership Rates:

Please Note: Fees are on an annual basis, and entitle members to receive the newsletter by email with notices of meetings and other events. If you wish to receive your newsletter by postal service, you will be charged an additional $15 for the added cost of printing and stamps. Please select your membership category and submit your email or postal mailing address below.

c Contributions to the Honorarium Fund provide additional support for programs and speakers. I wish to contribute $____________

c I am willing to host speakers visiting the Bay Area.

Please send your subscriptions/renewals (checks made out to SFBARS) to:

SFBARS c/o J. Van Lang

6 Muir Avenue, Piedmont CA. 94610

Thank you for your participation and ongoing interest in SFBARS.

Sincerely, Membership Information:

Jacqueline Van Lang Address:
Director of Membership/Subscriptions
email: jvanlang@hotmail.com Email:
Phone (optional):

SFBARS Board Members

President--Jon Eldan

Secretary--Elizabeth Shedd

Treasurer--Nancy Sheppard

Membership/Communication--Jacqueline Van Lang

Newsletter(email only)--Jacqueline Van Lang

Program co-Chair--Peter Poullada

Program co-Chair--Ben Banayan Program co-Chair

Website manager--Hillary Dumas

Jim Dixon

Karina Nilsen

Amir Abadi

Honorary Members--Murray Eiland, John Sommer, Pat Leiser

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Members may contact Peter Poullada at sppoullada@sbcglobal.net.

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. jvanlang@hotmail.com. 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 www.sfbars.org.

All SFBARS Dealers SFBARS has a large stock of the exhibition catalogue, Oriental Rugs from Pacific Collections by Murray Eiland, from the 1990 ICOC conference in San Francisco. We are eager to donate them to interested galleries and dealers who will help the Society solicit NEW MEMBERS. If you are interested, please contact Peter Poullada

: Peter Poullada

Oriental Rugs in Medieval European Paintings Oriental Rugs in Medieval European Paintings, from Azerbaijanrugs.com

Article by Jim Allen. Early Turkoman Design Evolution

online exhibition. Trefoil show

TREFOIL--1990 show at Mills College. (web page in process)


The Armenian Rugs Society maintains a database of inscribed Armenian rugs. see: Armenian rug society

"We would always appreciate hearing about your inscribed Armenian rug and invite you to add it to our growing database Please contact us us at info@armenianrugssociety.com "

A few photos from the June 10th meeting at Jim Dixon's

For some interesting photos of ICOC Istanbul see

http://krauss.ws/travel/t/indext.ht m



(discussion forums/traveler's reports)

and, of course,



Natasha Eiland (1941-2012)

On behalf of all the members of the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society and the Bay Area Rug community in general, we would like to express our sympathies to Emmett Eiland and his family over the sad news of the recent passing of Natasha Eiland. We will mourn her loss and wish peace and comfort to all her family and friends. She was always a cheerful supporter of SFBARS activities and we will miss her spirit and love of all things related to ethnic textiles

D. GILBERT DUMAS (1928-June 19, 2008)

He was an inspiration to many beginning rug collectors. He is hugely missed.

PETER LYMAN (1940-2007)

The Bay Area rug community has lost a special person. Peter Lyman passed away on July 2, after a battle with cancer. He was 66. Peter was a past president of SFBARS and an editor of the newsletter. He was an active and knowledgeable collector of antique oriental rugs and other art objects, mainly from the Himalayas and China. Those of us who knew Peter can testify to his extraordinary passion for art and his wide-ranging interests and tastes in both antique and contemporary works.

Well traveled and read, Peter knew the art and artifacts of many traditional cultures, especially in the area of rugs and other textiles. Peter was known as somebody who always extended himself to others with warmth, concern, thoughtfulness, and kindheartedness. He was particularly supportive of dealers and other collectors, always offering helpful advice and an encouraging word.

Peter felt strongly about furthering a public presence and appreciation for art. Among other art-related activities, he donated important pieces to museums, and he worked with the Art History Information Project at the Getty Trust. Peter was also a board member of the Textile Arts Council. In addition to his talents as a collector of Asian art, Peter was a gifted and dedicated teacher. Known for his exceptional mentoring skills, he developed an almost legendary reputation among his students.

Peter taught for many years at Michigan State, followed by a highly successful stay at the University of Southern California, where he revolutionized the university library for the new digital age. He moved to Berkeley after being appointed to the position of University of California Librarian. Most recently, he served as Professor in The School of Information at UC Berkeley, becoming known for his research on online information and social networks on the Internet. Peter was an inveterate art lover, a talented and accomplished person, and a caring and giving human being. His presence, vision, and generosity will be sorely missed.

A memorial service for Peter will he beheld between 5 and 7 pm on Tuesday, September 11, in the Morrison Room in Doe Library at the UC Berkeley campus. Those wanting to honor his memory are invited to contribute to the newly established Peter Lyman raduate Fellowship in New Media. Checks should be addressed to the UC Berkeley Foundation and sent to the UC Center for New Media, 390 Wurster Hall, # 1066, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-4600.

Robert Dunn

Charles Lave and Bethany Mendenhall

I recently received the following message about Charles Lave whom many of you know.
It is with great sadness that we inform you and your rug society members of the death of Charles Lave, who passed away on May 2. The cause of death was complications arising from myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a progressive bone marrow stem cell disorder. According to his wife Bethany Mendenhall, he experienced a gradual decline in health following his diagnosis early last fall, and he passed away peacefully last Friday at his Irvine, California, home. As you know, Charles was both a respected textile collector and one of ACOR¢s most influential organizers, having spearheaded, along with Bethany, the management of the dealer fairs for many past rug conferences. He was a towering presence among his rug world peers, and his knowledge, energy, and memorable personality will long be missed. Bethany reports that a memorial service is being planned, probably to take place in the early fall. Meanwhile, she can be reached via mail at Post Office Box 6094, Irvine, CA 92616, by phone at 949-856-0485, and by email at bmendenhall@cox.net.


A great friend of the Oriental Carpet has recently died.


It is also with great sadness that we announce the untimely death of a friend, colleague and (past) member of SFBARS, Nancy Norris-London. Nancy died this past July in the care of her loving family. She, as many of you know, was passionate about both carpets and textiles and was deeply connected to both communities. To honor her, the Nancy Norris-London Memorial Fund has been established by the Textile Arts Council of San Francisco. Donations will be used to purchase an item (or items) that will be given to the Textile Department of the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums (de Young and Legion of Honor). Contributions should be sent to the Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, 500 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, with Nancy Norris-London's name in the memo portion of the check. All contributions are tax deductible.
Kathy Judkins

Roger and Pamela Cavanna

On the Subject of Memorials I wanted to pay a belated tribute to Roger Cavanna, a delightful, generous spirit and loyal supporter of the Society, who passed away last year.
I knew Roger for over twenty years and found him to be one of those real originals, with a passion and love for both carpets and for Persia that was always inspiring. We are proud that his family are keeping the tradition alive in the Bay Area and welcome them as Members.



In the interest of planning future events, the SFBARS Board wishes to solicit opinions and suggestions from our members. Please read the following questions carefully and fill out your answers as indicated. We hope this information will assist us in mapping our program schedule for the coming months.

1. In addition to presentations and lectures, what kinds of events would you like to see SFBARS put on?

2. What is important to you in attending SFBARS events?

Learning opportunities ______________
Social exchanges __________________
Viewing pleasures _________________
Other (explain) _______________________________________________

3. What do you like or dislike about our current program?

4. Would you be willing to pay extra for special events such as workshops, seminars, or conferences?

yes ______
no ______

5. What thoughts or ideas do you have for making SFBARS more interesting, exciting, and worthwhile (use back of sheet if necessary)?


Some of you have expressed an interest in receiving the newsletter by email. The SFBARS Board recently discussed the matter and has decided to request that all members send us their email addresses. For those of you who choose this option, it would serve a number of useful purposes. First, an emailed newsletter would avoid both the perils and expenses of the postal service. Second, it would give us a quick and effective means of contacting you in special circumstances, e.g. cancelled events or new or lost addresses and/or phone numbers. Generally, your email addresses would add an extra layer of contact and communication between the board and the membership.

Those of you who are interested in this option should send your email addresses to the following people:

************** :Jacqueline Van Lang, Membership

Articles and Reviews

"Mughal Rugs Revisited .

Moghul Rugs: A Controversy Revisited

Steven Cohen's article "Indian or Persian?" in Hali [1], , regarding the three recently discovered 17th century classic carpets in San Francisco's Asian Art Museum (AAM) once again brings up the decades old controversy about just where the “Indo-Persian” rugs were made. Rug specialists continue to argue over the Persian versus Indian origin of these rugs--an argument which has led to a bewildering array of designations: Herat, Esfahan, Indo-Persian, Indo-Isfahan, Indo-Portuguese, Lahore, Agra, Mughal, etc.

Mughal Rugs: A Controversy Revisited continued: full article


"Holbein" variant .

Painting of a Para Mamluk or "Holbein" variant rug

A hitherto unknown type of "Holbein" variant rug appears in a painting dated 1504 that covers one of the two shutters of the cathedral's organ in The Cathedral Saint Jean Baptiste, Perpignon, France. The paintings are nearly 40 feet high...


A few Kazak photos

"Indo/Persians" Appendix: 100 Years of Opinions: 1900-2004
Mosaics: by Pat Leiser
Curious fragment
Curious fragment revisited
Armenian exhibition
Potpourri icoc exhibition
Discovery of Mughal rugs
Afghan War Rugs
Syrian rugs
Rug forgery: by Diane Mott
Rugs in Paintings (bibliography): by Pamela Bensoussan ASA

Elena Tsareva spoke to us: by John Sommers

Book Reviews: (click on link)

Review of The Nomadic Peoples of Iran by Peter Poullada

More photos: (click on link)

Heavenly Gardens
SFBARS Potpourri show ICOC

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For website information please contact Hillary Dumas

(flying carpet circa 1974)

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