Updated April 27, 2016:
PEARLS ON A STRING
ARTISTS, PATRONS AND POETS AT THE GREAT ISLAMIC COURTS
FEB 26 — MAY 8, 2016
At the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 5-7 pm
Dr. Fred Mushkat, South Persian Tribal Weavings, at Krimsa
Sunday, June 26, 12-4 pm
Annual Potluck and Visit to Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace, Occidental
Saturday April 2, 5-7pm
Turkish film, The Dream of a Butterfly (2013)
Silk Road House, Berkeley
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OLD NEWS BELOW
Just a reminder to see the Asian art museum's exhibition of textiles. It is a small, but choice exhibit:
From the museum:
"The 11 textiles in this exhibition are selections from a private New York collection, providing a glimpse into the richness and diversity of Iranian, Indian and Turkish silk velvets. Spanning three distinct cultural areas with their own design sensibilities and tastes, this group of textiles showcases different techniques of velvet production and suggests their varied uses.
"Of special note are the two complete 17th-century carpets from India and Iran, each measuring nearly 6 by 4 feet and retaining not only their design elements but also their vibrant colors. These, along with nine other substantially sized textile fragments, show the cultural exchange between the Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman empires—linked by shifting ties of political, religious and economic rivalry"
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Peter Poulada and Anna Beselin examining Safavid "Vase Carpet" Jekyll fragment
Thursday April 30, 2015. 6:30 pm
"Reassembling a Persian Beauty" with Anna Beselin, Senior Textile Conservator Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin, Germany
At: KRIMSA: 2190 Union Street at Fillmore, San Francisco
Parking nearby at S&F Parking, 2001 Union Street
between Buchanan and Webster.
Free to dues-paying members of $5 at the door for non-members.
"...In a unique collaboration with the Museum fuer Islamische Kunst Berlin's conservation department, the two fragments are going to be rejoined after several decades of separation...."
Please click on "March Newsletter" above for more information.
New England Society newsletter
Save the dates!
May 19th-30th 2015
Notice from British textile researchers David and Sue Richardson:
We are delighted to announce that the dates of our 2016 tour will be 19-30 May. We will again be exploring some of the most beautiful islands of Indonesia - Flores, Lembata, Alor, Timor, Savu, Sumba and Rinca - from the comfort of the beautiful Ombak Putih.
Our days will be spent exploring weaving villages and learning about natural dyeing techniques, plus of course some time for snorkelling and relaxing on deck. Each evening we will give a talk on the people and textiles we will be encountering the next day.
The trip is limited to 22 participants. Why not be one of them and join us for the trip of a lifetime?
Full details can be found in this PDF brochure
at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Please click on link:
Other out of town dates:
August August 6 - 9
Paul Kreiss the rug book shop:
You may be interested in news about 2 rug shows coming up:
ARTS Antique Rugs and Textile Show, which has been held in San Francisco for years, is coming to Boston on May 29-31. The San Francisco show is noted for the quality of the rugs shown. There are some details on the website: artsrugshow.org.
and the 13th ICOC - the International Conference on Oriental Carpets - will be in Washington D.C. on August 6 - 9 in conjunction with the opening of the Textile Museum in its new location. Registration will start on April 1; the number of registrants will be limited. The website is icoc-orientalrugs.org.
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SAVE THE DATE!
Hali Tour to Spain and Portugal May 19-31 2015
and Transylvanian tour with Stefan Ionesco June 5-14 2015
Feb. 25 - March 10, 2015
TOUR TO IRAN
Vedat Karadag of Cultural Travel and Walk Turkey Adventures in Istanbul is organizing another tour to Iran, from Feb. 25 - March 10, 2015 out of Istanbul. Vedat led a very successful tour last year with a group of eight Americans, including several rug society members, who had a wonderful experience. It will be a small group, only 8–12 people, and there are still places left in the upcoming tour. A detailed description can be found on the Cultural Travels site, http://www.culturaltravel.com/Cultural%20Travel%20-%20Iran%20Tour.html and at this link (ATTACHED ITINERARY)
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As you may know, Vedat is an enthusiastic ruggie, so that this trip will see lots of rugs and textiles, in addition to the expected sites to be seen in this ancient country. If you are interested, please inquire as soon as possible, since it takes a couple of months for visas to be processed. The deadline for registration is November 10, so time is important. For more information, please contact Mesuthan Ozgen or Vedat Karadag, Cultural Travel and Walk Turkey Adventures, Istanbul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 7 : 1 - 3 pm
McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture
McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture
The Eighth Annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture
Women’s Visions: A Nomad Legacy in Islamic Art
by John Wertime
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
In the eastern half of northwest Persia and Transcaucasia, an ancient weaving culture once existed, wherein the women of nomadic pastoralist tribes and their settled kin produced utilitarian textiles of uncommon quality and beauty using the weft-wrapping weaving technique known as sumak. Outstanding examples from this rich tradition illustrate the lives of these nomad women, the objects they made, and the influences on their artistic visions.
John Wertime is an independent scholar, author, and lecturer on flat weaves and tribal carpets. His numerous publications include Caucasian Carpets and Covers: The Weaving Culture (1995) and Sumak Bags of Northeast Persia and Transcaucasia (1998).
This lecture is generously supported by the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society.
March 22, 2015
A Mini Symposium
Organized by: Armenian Rugs Society
Hosted by: Ararat Eskijiann Museum
(please click on link)
Armenian rugs society
Armenian Rugs Society fb page: www.facebook.com/pages/Armenian-Rugs-Society/151443648200842
1. October 12th Sunday, 1-3pm Silk Road House
The Silk Road House presents: "Tales from the Steppes - An hour of stories from Central Asia for families" performed by storytellers Diana Shmiana and Dana Sherry.
Our guests will bring you and your children on an imaginary journey to the Central Asia of folk tales, where friendship can transform mere gold into a true treasure, rascally boys can trick their elders, and pumpkins can have extraordinary adventures.
2. Wednesday October 15, 2014 Occidental, California
Picnic at Jim Dixon's
in conjuntion with ARTS (see next)
3. October 16-19, 2014
ARTS is returning to San Francisco
October 16-19, 2014!
The Antique Rug & Textile Art Association (ARTAA) presents — ARTS, the 6th annual Antique Rug & Textile Show in the Marina District of San Francisco.
4. A series of lectures:
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PAST EVENTS September 4, 2014, Lauren Arnold at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
The series of lectures:
September 8, 2014
"Felts of the Kyrgyz" with Stephanie Bunn, Author, Researcher, and Lecturer in Anthropology, University of St. Andrews, UK.
To be held At KRIMSA gallery
2190 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 441-4321 6:30pm Monday, September 8, 2014
Central Asian and Mongolian herders have made felt textiles for several thousand years, developing a great range of skills for use in felt production, and a diversity of uses for this ubiquitous nomadic textile. Kyrgyz, Kazakh, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek felts all have their own unique characteristics, patterns, colours and techniques. Mongolian felts, in contrast, are almost entirely monochrome, relying upon quilting to create a textured effect.
Afghan felt shows incredible diversity, reflecting this country’s complex history of migration from the Near and Far East, and the North. The lecture will discuss how each group’s unique and characteristic felt-making techniques and felt patterns are related. The link between pattern, belief and aesthetics will be explored, and the synthesis between the older Central Asian world view and that inspired by Islam will also be discussed in regard to its expression on felt carpets.
She has been carrying out research into Central Asian felt textiles since 1989, and has conducted field research among high mountain pastoralists in Kyrgyzstan between 1994 and 1997, and again in 2002, 2003 and 2011. Dr Bunn has also made collections of felt textiles for the British Museum, the Horniman Museum, and the National Museum of Scotland.
She collected and curated the British Museum exhibition Striking Tents and the Collins Gallery exhibition From Quilts to Couture. Her recent book, Nomadic Felts, published by the British Museum Press, covers the legacy of nomadic felt-making from Eastern Europe across Central Asia as far east as Japan. She has also edited the volume Kyrgyzstan on Kyrgyz costume and the work of ethnographer Klavdiya Antipina.
She is currently writing a volume on Kyrgyz felt textiles, nomadic beliefs and practices, and doing new research into Scottish vernacular basketry.
(please click on link)
Hali Tour Hali tour
ICOC Tour information November 15-21, 2014:
Looking forward to seeing you in Vienna,
TKF / ICOC
ICOC Tour How to register ICOC Tour 2014
Always of great interest: Rug Rabbit albums and John Taylor blog
Rug Rabbit gallery Islamic art Berlin
Rug Tracker Rugtracker
Prince’s coat, Central Asia, 8th century. Silk; weft-faced compound twill (samit), lining: China, Tang dynasty, 8th century, silk; twill damask. 18 7/8 x 32 7/16 in. (48 x 82.5 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund, 1996.2.1
September 2013 newsletter:
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New England Rug Society September Newsletter:
New England Rug Society September Newsletter
June 2013 newsletter:
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ARS: ARS October 18-20
R. John Howe's blog: Gordon Priest on Persian, Kurdish and Caucasian bags
April 2013 Newsletter:
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Save the dates!
To be announced Annual Gathering at Jim Dixon's Carpet Palace and Gardens
European textile collection
PERSPECTIVES ON PERSIAN ART: ANCIENT PERSIAN GARDENS: EVOLUTION AND LEGACY, WITH DR. DAVID STRONACH
Talks & Lectures, and part of Perspectives on Persian Art Lecture Series
AUG 23 Free with museum admission
Dr. David Stronach, University of California, Berkeley, professor emeritus of Near Eastern art and archaeology, kicks off the museum’s new Perspectives on Persian Art lecture series with a lively talk about the influence of traditional Persian gardens in Asia and Europe.
Armenian Rug society
See Lauren Arnold's spectacular flicker pages! The Carpet Index
Further information to follow on the ARS website
R. John Howe's blog: R. John Howe's rug blog
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. ...
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
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org "
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 email@example.com.
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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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)
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