The New
Rug Society
Presents An
Online Exhibition

Through the Collector's Eye
Oriental Rugs from New England Private Collections

Introduction to the Exhibition - by Mark Hopkins
Early Rug Collectors of New England - by  Julia  Bailey
Collecting Today: The Collectors Speak - by Mark Hopkins

The exhibition catalog Through The Collector's Eye -- Oriental Rugs From New England Private Collections, (128 pages, hardbound, 50 color plates, 57 b&w illustrations), was published in 1991 by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, to document an exhibition presented there from November 22, 1991 to February 9, 1992. The exhibition then moved to The Textile Museum, Washington, DC and was on display from March 20 to May 3 of the same year. The catalog, which was sponsored by the New Boston Rug Society (now the New England Rug Society) and the long defunct Oriental Rug and Textile Society of New England, is now out of print.

Collector's Eye Frontispiece
George Walter Vincent Smith in his living room, 1894 (detail). Visible on the floor are an Ersari carpet and a Kazak prayer rug. (Photo courtesy of George Walter Vincent Smith Museum).  Click on the image for a detailed view.