The New England Rug
Society is an informal organization of people interested in enriching their
knowledge and appreciation of antique oriental rugs and ethnographic
textiles. Founded in 1985 as the New Boston Rug Society, it has since grown
to more than 130 members from throughout New England who share a common love
of the traditional creative textile arts.
NERS members gather six
to eight times each year at informal meetings which usually feature a
speaker and focus on a particular theme related to the rug and textile
field. All participants are encouraged to bring examples to the meetings for
discussion and comment.
The Society welcomes
new members regardless of their level of experience, whether rank beginner
or seasoned expert. Its focus is on sharing knowledge in a supportive and
enjoyable way. Members receive advance notice of each event via mail and
email, and attend all meetings without charge. Guests are welcomed; a
donation of five dollars is requested for each invitee.
Meetings are held in
various locations, including public meeting facilities, museums, rug
dealers’ galleries, and other appropriate venues. Light refreshments
accompany each gathering.
In addition to its
meetings, NERS sponsors occasional workshops, gallery trips, museum visits
and exhibitions of oriental rugs. In 1991/92, for example, the Society
mounted a major exhibition in cooperation with the Rhode Island School of
Design Museum of Art and, later, The Textile Museum in Washington DC. A
hardbound color catalog co-authored by two NERS members and published in
conjunction with the exhibition now enjoys a permanent place in the world
literature on oriental rugs.
The Society was also a
principal sponsor of the first American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR 1)
held in Boston in 1992, and its members have played major roles in
organizing the seven biennial ACOR conferences that followed. In the spring
of 2006 the Society hosted ACOR 8 in Boston, during which it mounted 10
separate exhibitions of rugs, trappings, and other textiles selected from
its members’ collections.
Among the speakers
featured at past meetings have been such internationally respected rug
experts as noted author Jon Thompson of Cambridge, England, rug
scholar Elena Tsareva, (former curator of the Russian Ethnographic
Museum, St. Petersburg), Belkis Balpinar,
(founding director of Istanbul’s Vakiflar Museum),
Parviz Tanavoli, (Iranian tribal rug expert), noted German carpet
collector Heinrich Kirchheim, Josephine Powell,
(Istanbul-based doyenne of Anatolia’s ethnographic researchers), and HALI
co-founder Robert Pinner.
cordially invite you to
join the New
England Rug Society and share our common interest in this unique and
exciting art form.