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The New England Rug Society (NERS) is an informal,  non-profit organization of people interested in enriching their knowledge and appreciation of antique oriental rugs and textiles.

NERS members gather six to eight times each year at meetings which usually feature an outside speaker and focus on a particular theme related to the rug field, with an occasional textile topic included for variety.  Meetings are held in various locations in the greater Boston area, depending on the subject.

We welcome you to our site. And if you like what you see, we'll be pleased to welcome you as a member as well.  On this website, you will find everything you need to apply for membership. Enjoy your visit. 
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Next Meeting: May 21st, The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. (Gore Place, Waltham, MA.)

Newsletter:  The April 2017 newsletter is now available.


Event Calendar for the 2016/2017 Season

Sept. 16th

Wendel Swan, Swedish Folk Weavings for Oriental Rug Lovers. Textile Museum Trustee and ICOC organizer Wendel Swan returns to NERS to introduce us to the history and visual charms of Swedish folk textiles. (First Parish)    

Oct. 14th Michael Franses, Some of the Oldest Surviving Carpets and Tapestries. ICOC and Hali co-founder Franses will speak on the staus of recent research into the earliest known carpets.  (First Parish)
Nov. 11th Mitch Rudnick, The Making of the Rudnick Collection. With his wife, Rosalie, longtime NERS member Mitch Rudnick assembled a superlative collection of Caucasian rugs, which is now being sold by Grogan & Company. At this NERS-only auction preview and reception, Mitch will regale us with tales from the coupleís decadeslong rug hunt. (Grogan & Company, Boston)
Feb. 24th Jeff Spurr, Ends and Means: Islamic Prayer Rugs in Context. NERS member and frequent speaker Jeff Spurr will focus on the history and development of prayer rugs.  (First Parish)
March 24th DeWitt Mallary, Jürg Rageth's New Study of Turkmen Rugs.NERS member DeWitt Mallary, translator of Ragethís ambitious new book, will discuss its theories and conclusions. (Durant-Kenrick House)
Apr. 21st Collector Series, Honoring Yon Bard. Long-standing NERS member and Turkmen aficionado Yon Bard will talk about his collecting and show us highlights of his collection. (First Parish)
May 21st The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. (Gore Place, Waltham, MA.)

View the event calendars from previous seasons

Membership Annual membership dues are: Student: $25,  Single: $45, Couple: $65, Supporting: $90, Patron: $120.  
New members If you would like to join NERS (of course you would!), you can pay your dues online via PayPal or you can print out the PDF membership form and mail it in along with a check.
Current members When you receive your yearly renewal notice (usually mid-summer) either pay your dues online with Paypal or send in a check.

Additional NERS information can be
obtained by sending email to NERS

NERS is a member of the American Conference on Oriental Rugs


   Site last updated on 8/18/2016

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