Updated May 20, 2013:
Always a terrific blog from R. John Howe: Gordon Priest on Persian, Kurdish and Caucasian bags
Save the date: ARS October 18-20
April 2013 Newsletter:
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Save the dates!
May 8, 2013 6:30pm
May 4, 2013 - August 4, 2013
June 23, 2013
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.
European textile collection
Armenian Rug society
See Lauren Arnold's spectacular flicker pages! The Carpet Index
Further information to follow on the ARS website
Always a terrific blog from R. John Howe: R. John Howe's rug blog
An interesting new magazine:Carpet collector
An interesting blog "Where are the next generations of collectors to come from"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. ...
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
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COTIC New Gallery Space
Carpets of the Inner Circle: New Gallery Space
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Photos from Tom Cole Tribal Rugs opening:
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
San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society
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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 email@example.com "
For some interesting photos of ICOC Istanbul see
(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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
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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.
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Steven Cohen's article "Indian or Persian?" in Hali , , 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
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:
Mosaics: by Pat Leiser
Curious fragment revisited
Potpourri icoc exhibition
Discovery of Mughal rugs
Afghan War 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)
SFBARS Potpourri show ICOC
sfbars president: Peter Poullada
For website information please contact Hillary Dumas
(flying carpet circa 1974)
Thanks for dropping by!
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. $10 reduction for e-mail subscriptions only. $15 for students with ID. Please send renewals, address changes, or subscriptions to Jacqueline Van Lang, SFBARS Membership, 6 Muir Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610. :Jacqueline Van Lang, Membership
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. >