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Event Calendar for the 2013/2014 Season

Sept. 6th

Walter Denny, Carpets and New Museums of Islamic Art: What's Happening? The well-known professor and carpet scholar will discuss the role of carpets in the new Islamic galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has worked as a Senior Consultant for the past six years, as well as in other newly opened museum galleries.      

Oct. 4th Lawrence Kearney, Art Deco and Modernist Hooked Rugs. NERS member, rug-and-textile dealer, eclectic collector, and poet, Lawrence will introduce us to a wonderful but little-known type of American art for the floor.  (ALMA)
Nov. 15th Koos de Jong, Saddle Rugs from China and Beyond. The Dutch collector, author, and historian of Chinese art will provide an illuminating survey of saddle rugs from China and Tibet.  An ACOR-sponsored presentation. (The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton Centre, MA) 
Feb. 28th Lee Talbot, Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories.  Curator at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), Lee will update us on construction of the new, much-expanded museum and on his plans for the opening exhibition, which will showcase the TM's greatest treasures. (The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton Centre, MA)
March 28th Michael Grogan, Thirty-Five Years in Oriental Rugs. Noted auctioneer and NERS member, Michael Grogan will discuss adventures in the carpet-auction business over the last quarter century. (Grogan & Co.)
April 25th A Night at the MFA. Combining the annual MFA event with the Collector Series, this evening will feature rugs from NERS-member Gerard Paquin's outstanding collection, plus a reception hosted by the museum. (MFA, Boston)
May 25th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
   
Event Calendar for the 2012/2013 Season
Sept. 28th

David and Sue Richardson, Qara U'y: The Qaraqalpak Yurt and Its Decoration. Two experts on the Qaraqalpak of Central Asia will introduce their semi-nomadic lifestyle and focus on the structural and decorative textiles integral to their dwellings.  (First Parish)  

Oct. 5th Jon Thompson, Late Mamluk Carpets. What brought about the sudden flowering of Mamluk carpets? This highly regarded carpet scholar will propose that a Mamluk cultural renaissance necessitated new carpet production and the recruitment to Egypt of weavers from Turkmen-ruled Iran and Asia Minor. (ALMA)
Nov. 11th Sunday, 2:00pm to 4:30pm.  Three Collections: A Dozen Pieces. NERS members Ed Berkhoff, Lloyd Kannenberg, and Richard Larkin will exhibit pieces from their collections and join in a panel devoted to their thoughts on collecting.   (John Collins Gallery, 40R Merrimac St. [Brown's Wharf], Newburyport, MA)
Mar. 1st DeWitt Mallary, Baluch Rugs. This well-known collector will talk about the Baluch and their weavings, bringing pieces from his personal collection to show and discuss.
March 22nd Sarah B. Sherrill, Twilight of a Tradition: Bakhtiari and Qashqa'i Weavings.
April 12th A Night at the MFA. Combining the annual MFA event with the Collector Series, this evening will feature rugs from the Rosalie and Mitch Rudnick collection, some on public exhibition and others specially displayed for the occasion, plus a reception hosted by the MFA.
May 19th  Sunday, noon to 5:00pm. The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
     

Event Calendar for the 2011/2012 Season

   

 Sept. 23rd  

Judith Dowling, Japanese Folk Textiles. How these wonderful textiles were made and used, with a selection of pieces from this Boston scholar/dealer's collection.  (ALMA)  
Oct. 21st Nurhan Atasoy, Ottoman Imperial Tents. An eminent Istanbul professor and curator will explain how these splendid royal tents take their inspiration from Ottoman palace architecture and decoration.  (First Parish)  
Nov. 18th Tom Hannaher, Early Kuna Molas. Our fellow NERS member will introduce us to the endlessly imaginative blouse panels made by Kuna women of the San Blas Islands, off Panama. (First Parish)  
Feb. 10th A Night at the MFA.  NERS member Lauren Whitley will again welcome us to the MFA, where we'll walk through Beauty as Duty (a show of 1940s textiles and costumes) and view four important Chinese carpets on exhibition as well as rugs pulled from storage just for us.  
March 23rd Peter Poullada, Lebab Turkmen and Their Interactions with the Local Uzbeks. This San Francisco rug scholar will present his ethnographic findings, with historical photos, about Oxus-region Turkmen weavers. (ALMA)
April 20th Collector Series: Alan Varteresian. Julia Bailey will present highlights from the stellar rug collection of this beloved longtime NERS member, and Alan himself will comment and reminisce. (Grogan and Co.)  
May 20th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.  
 

Event Calendar for the 2010/2011 Season

Sept. 10

Austin Doyle, "Eastern Caucasian Rugs." A collector and Washington Hajji Baba member, Austin will focus on the widely admired rug types he prefers. (First Parish)

Oct. 8 Mae Festa, "My First Forty Years of Collecting." Wendell Swan will present highlights from the textile collection of this beloved NERS member and longtime textile art consultant, and Mae herself will comment and reminisce. 
Nov. 5 Stefano lonescu, "Tuduc Fakes in European and American Collections." The noted Romanian scholar, author, and tour guide will introduce us to the infamous forger Theodor Tuduc, whose "reproductions" have fooled many a prestigious museum.
Feb. 4 Museum of Fine Arts textile curator Lauren Whitley will lead a tour of the textiles in twenty galleries of the newly opened American Wing of the museum. 7PM at the MFA.
March 11 Richard Laursen, "Analysis of Dyes in Historical Textiles: A Consideration of Some Nineteenth-Century Uzbek Suzanis." The former Boston University chemistry professor will offer an audience-friendly analysis of the spectacular colors in these embroidered textiles. At the UNA Senior Living Community, Somerville, MA.
April 15 Susan Lind-Sinanian on "Caspar Pilobosian's Collection of Caucasian Rugs." Generous NERS member and textile curator of the Armenian Library and Museum of America, Susan will introduce the current exhibition at ALMA and lead us on a gallery tour. (ALMA)
May 21 The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
 
 

Event Calendar for the 2009/2010 Season

Sept. 25th

Wendel Swan presented "Color, Color, Color -- the Appeal of Oriental Rugs"  (First Parish)

Oct. 9th Bertram Frauenknecht presented "Shahsavan Weavings" (First Parish)
Nov. 6th Robert Mann presented "“Cleaning Oriental Rugs: Making Sense of the Options" (Collins Gallery)
Feb. 5th Alberto Levi presented “Primitivism and Abstraction in Persian Tribal Flatweaves”  (Collins Gallery)
Mar. 19th Jeff Spurr presented “Style and Identity, People or Place: The Case for Lakai Suzanis” (First Parish)
April 16th Thomas Farnham on "The History of Great
Classical Persian Carpets"
 (ALMA)
May 15th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
 

Event Calendar for the 2008/2009 Season

Sept. 5th

Harald Böhmer -- Anatolian Nomads   (First Parish)

Oct. 24th John Kreifeldt -- Textiles of Borneo (First Parish)
Nov. 14th  Daniel Walker -- Mughal Carpets (First Parish)
Feb. 20th John Collins -- Persian Bags (Collins Gallery)
March 27th  Jean Burks -- American Quilts (First Parish)
April 17th  Mike Tschebull -- Caucasian Rugs  (ALMA)
May 16th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
 

Event Calendar for the 2007/2008 Season

Sept. 21st

Jerry Becker discussed Navajo weavings  (First Parish)

Oct. 19th Ann Nicholas & Rich Blumenthal discussed South Persian Tribes and Tribal Weaving (Collins Gallery)
Nov. 16th Mary Jo Otsea presented "State of the Market" (First Parish)
Jan. 25th Dr. Mehemmet Deviren presented "Modern Oriental Antique Rugs — Forgeries and Fraud" (First Parish)
March 14th Jurg Rageth presented "Design Transitions of Central Asia, 600-1900 AD". (First Parish)
April 11th Gary and Susan Lind-Sinanian discussed Armenian textiles  (ALMA)
May 17th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.
 

Event Calendar for the 2006/2007 Season

Sept. 22nd

Wendel Swan presented "The Oriental Carpet – Islamic Art with Ancient Roots” (First Parish)

Oct. 13th Jim Blackmon presented “The Gateway Tunic of Tiwanaku: The World’s Most Important Ancient Textile?” (First Parish)
Dec. 1st Fred Mushkat discussed Nomadic Bands (First Parish)
Feb. 16th John Collins discussed Persian Rugs (Collins Gallery)
Mar. 23rd Fred Ingham facilitated "Good Rug/Great Rug"  (First Parish)
April 13th Tom Hannaher discussed collecting on a budget  (ALMA)
May 5th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. (South Plymouth, MA)
   

Event Calendar for the 2005/2006 Season

Sept. 16th

Jon Thompson presented “How the Great Carpets Were Made – Some Observations” (Collins Gallery)

Oct. 14th Erik Risman presented “Trappings of the Middle Amu Darya – an Excursion into what is commonly called Ersari/Beshir” (ALMA)
Nov. 11th Alberto Boralevi presented "Prayer Rugs or Curtains for the Gate of Heaven—The use of niche shaped rugs in the Muslim, Jewish, and Christian houses of worship". (First Parish)

Jan. 14th

Silver and Shawls exhibition tour, led by Jeff Spurr, at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum.
Feb. 24th Mike Tschebull Show & Tell on North-West Persian Weavings (First Parish)
March 17th Jenny Wood discussed natural dyes (First Parish)
April No meeting - ACOR 8, Boston, MA.
May 20th The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. Dedham, MA.
 

Event Calendar for the 2004/2005 Season

09/24/04

James Douglas presented "The Artistry of Baluch Weavings" (First Parish)

10/22/04 Peter Poullada presented "Nomadic Life in the Hindu Kush" (First Parish)
11/13/04 Val Arbab led a Saturday workshop  on Rug Identification and Structure (First Parish)

02/25/05

Sumru Belger Krody presented "Classical Traditions in Anatolian Carpets" (ALMA)
03/18/05 Diana Myers presented "The Splendor of  Bhutanese Textiles" (First Parish)
04/17/05 Anne Nicholas & Rich Blumenthal presented "Tribal Weavings of South Persia" (Collins Gallery, Newburyport, MA)
05/21/05 The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session (Concord, MA)
   

Event Calendar for the 2003/2004 Season

09/21/03

John Collins Exhibition and Lecture on South Persian Tribal Rugs (Collins Gallery, Newburyport, MA)

10/24/03 Betsy Benjamin discussed Japanese Wax Resist Textiles (First Parish)
11/14/03 Peter Stone presented "Oriental Rug Motif Origins"  (Skinner)

02/20/04

Seref Ozen discussed Central Asian rugs and textiles (First Parish). 
03/19/04 Harald Böhmer presented "Understanding Natural and Synthetic Dyes in Oriental Rugs." (First Parish)
04/16/04 Jim Adelson and Yon Bard presented an "Out of the Cedar Chest" session with a focus on Turkmen weavings. (ALMA)
05/22/04 The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session (Concord, MA)
 

  Event Calendar for the 2002/2003 Season

09/20/02 Monisha Ahmed discussed Ladakh nomad weavings (Bemis Hall)
11/01/02 Natalia Nekrassova discussed Ersari rugs  (Bemis Hall)
12/07/02  Special tour of the Prayer Rug exhibit at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge
02/07/03 Charles Lave & Bethany Mendenhall presented "Out of the Cedar Chest"  (ALMA)
03/14/03 Tom Hannaher presented "The Enigmatic Art of Ancient South American Textiles" (First Parish in Lincoln, it's the stone building across the street from Bemis Hall)
04/04/03 Bertram Frauenknecht presented "Collecting Through the Eyes of a Dealer" (Skinner, Inc., Boston)
05/10/03 The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session (Concord, MA)
 

Event Calendar for the 2001/2002 Season

10/10/01 Elena Tsareva spoke on the origin of Turkoman design motifs (Bemis Hall
11/30/01 Mark Hopkins emceed Good Rug? Great Rug?  (Bemis Hall)
01/19/02  Julia Bailey hosted a tour of Persian textiles in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
03/01/02 Raoul Tschebull  discussed Kazak rugs (ALMA)
03/22/02 Al Saulniers presented New Opportunities in Moroccan Tribal Weaving  (Bemis Hall) 
04/19/02 Jeff  Spurr presented Collecting Rugs and Textiles in Late Nineteenth Century Persia: Ronald Graham's Photo Album   (Skinner, Inc., Boston)
05/18/02 The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session (Concord, MA)