Past Meetings Archive


Brocades, Carpets and Silk Fabrics: Painted Textiles in 18th and 19th century Private Homes in Damascus
    Speaker: Anke Scharrahs

Kravet Archives Tour in Woodbury, Long Island
    Speaker: Members Only

Carpet and Textile Photography at Art Lens Photography
    Speaker: Simon Ferenc Toth

A Collector’s Views on the Repair/Restoration/Conservation/Doing Nothing Continuum.
    Speaker: Mike Tschebull

Fellowship Grantee Report – Motifs of Islamic Cosmology on the Prayer Rug – Sajjada
    Speaker: Fatima Zutic


Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity
    Speaker: Dr. Heather Ecker

From Buteh to Paisley: The Story of a Global Icon
    Speaker: Augusta de Gunzbourg

Archetypes, Aesthetics and Agency: Adat Textiles of Early Indonesian Cultures
    Speaker: Thomas Murray

Central Asian Suzani: Understanding the Tradition and Attribution of Silk Dowry Embroideries
    Speaker: Ali Istalifi

Mrs. Beattie and Mr. Getty: A Carpet Controversy
    Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Armstrong

Dr. Mariachiara Gasparini: From Wool to Silk and Back: Development and Evolution of the Eurasian Roundel Motif
    Speaker: Dr. Mariachiara Gasparini

The Blueberry Pie Carpet: A Morris Carpet at Home in Chicago
    Speaker: Melinda Watt

Lawrence Kearney on the greatest hits of Skinners
    Speaker: Lawrence Kearney

Far Flung Urban Moroccan and Greek Embroideries: Similarities and Differences
    Speaker: Yosi Barzilai


2020/2021 Annual Meeting and Show and Tell

Safavid Dynastic Vision: Shah Tahmasp’s Commission of the Ardabil Carpets
    Speaker: Moya Carey

Stefano Bardini and the International Carpet Trade at the End of the 19th century
    Speaker: Alberto Boralevi

Anamnesis : Stories Told In Rugs
    Speaker: Nazanin Sadr Azodi

Hidden in Plain Sight : A System of Markings in Oriental Rugs
    Speaker: Shiv Sikri

Textile Art – A Conversation about Aesthetics
    Speaker: Tom Cole

The Cloth that Changed the World
    Speaker: Sarah Fee

Ikat & Ikat Velvet in Uzbekistan from a Weaver’s Point of View
    Speaker: Barbara Pickett

Mysteries of Cairo’s Magnificent Mamluk Carpets
    Speaker: Rosamund Mack

Swedish Folk Weavings for Oriental Rug Lovers
    Speaker: Wendel Swan


From Afghans to Zieglers: The Forgotten Years of Persian Carpets 1722 – 1872
    Speaker: Hadi Maktabi

First Online Meeting: Kurdish Bags and Rugs
    Speaker: Jeff Berry

Hidden in Plain Sight: A System of Markings in Oriental Rugs
    Speaker: Sikri Shiv

Traditional Textiles of Japan – The Thomas Murray Collection
    Speaker: Thomas Murray

Tibetan Rugs: Ancient Problems, Innovative Solutions
    Speaker: Chris Buckley

Qarajeh to Quba
    Speaker: Mike Tschebull

Piecing together the Past: The Little-known Story of America’s First Tapestry Ateliers
    Speaker: Alice Zrebiec

Pattern, Process, Ritual: Distinguishing Uyghur Felt Making In Northwest China
    Speaker: Chris Martens

Tibetan Golden Triangle: An in Depth Look at a Group of Rugs in a Collection in Boston
    Speaker: Alberto Levi

Festivals, Fairs and Rituals: Textiles, Costumes and Carpets of the Eastern Grasslands of Tibet
    Speaker: Cheri Hunter


Annual Summer Picnic

Annual Meeting & Show and Tell of Turkmen Trappings
    Speaker: Kurt Munkacsi

Rags, Riches, and Patchwork: The Sacred and Secular Aspects of Buddhist Ritual Garments in Japan
    Speaker: Jacquie Atkins

Philadelphia Trip

Turks, Textiles, Transylvania! The Royal and the Religious
    Speaker: Joyce Corbett

Hats: Selected Hats of the Silk Road
    Speaker: Roger Pratt

Sacred Surfaces: Carpets, Coverings and Mesas in the Colonial Andes
    Speaker: Elena Phipps

Purple Reign: The History of an Extraordinary Color
    Speaker: Deborah Kraak

Nomadic Jajims: Transcaucasian/Azarbayjani and Lur, Qashqa’i and Chahar Mahal examples
    Speaker: Mike Tschebull

Turks, Textiles, Transylvania! The Royal and the Religious
    Speaker: Joyce Corbett

From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles
    Speaker: Warren Woodfin

Framing the Islamic Prayer Rug: Image, Symbolism and Function
    Speaker: Jeff Spurr

Wagner Garden Carpet – Metropolitan Museum
    Speaker: Sheila R. Canby

Haiku in Color Kilims of Anatolia
    Speaker: Sumru Krody


Annual Summer Picnic

Annual Business Meeting

Indian Textiles
    Speaker: Jeevak Parpia and Banoo Parpia

Unrolling Sanctuary
    Speaker: Jackie von Treskow, Program Director at the For-Site Foundation in San Francisco

Hamadan Weavings
    Speaker: A.E. "Tad" Runge

Russian Double-Faced Kashmir Style Shawls
    Speaker: Maleyne Syracuse

Lampung Imagery Textile Iconography of Sumatra
    Speaker: Thomas Murray

12th and 13th Century Textile Finds at the Chungul Kurgan
    Speaker: Warren T. Woodfin

Recent Studies on the ‘Transylvanian’ Group
    Speaker: Stefano Ionescu

Toronto Tour

Reconstructing Soft Furnishings in Medieval Ethiopian Rock-Cut Churches
    Speaker: Mikael Muehlbauer

Portable Storage: Tribal Weavings from the Collection of William and Inger Ginsberg
    Speaker: Deniz Beyazit

Fredrik R. Martin, the Missing Man
    Speaker: Thomas Farnham


Annual Summer Picnic

Annual Business Meeting and Old Fashioned Show & Tell

Qashqa’i Warp-Faced Weavings
    Speaker: Fred Mushkat

Brooklyn Museum

Exploring Tibetan Weavings
    Speaker: Nicholas Wright

Carpets for Kings: Six Masterpieces of Iranian Weaving
    Speaker: Sheila Canby

All day visit to Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Delaware

Carpathian Echoes: Textile Materials and Technology in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania and Ukraine
    Speaker: Florica Zaharia

Colors of the Oasis: 19th Century Central Asian Textiles and Their Modern Revival
    Speaker: Bruce Baganz

Peter Pap Booth Talk
    Speaker: Peter Pap

Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles
    Speaker: John Vollmer

The Evolution of a Collector: George Hewitt Myers
    Speaker: Sheridan Collins

Olana: The Home of Painter Frederic Edwin Church

An Attempt To Group the Origin of Some Central Anatolian Carpets Made Between 1500-1650
    Speaker: Michael Franses

Creating New Carpets Using Ancient Techniques
    Speaker: Bahram Shabahang


Annual Summer Picnic

Annual Club Meeting & Members’ Show & Tell

African Textiles and Dress: Highlights from the Newark Museum Collection
    Speaker: Dr. Christa Clarke

James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs
    Speaker: Walter Denny

Field Trip to the Newark Museum

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg
    Speaker: Richard Tuttle

Border Crossings: Three 19th Century Iranian Artists
    Speaker: Layla Diba

The Splendor of Persian Pictorial Carpets and the Stories They Tell
    Speaker: Judge Jeffrey G. Berry

Early Inscribed Textiles from the Textile Museum,
Conspicuous Display of Authority

    Speaker: Sumru Krody

Rug Conservation
    Speaker: Richard Newman

Symbols of Power: Luxury Textiles from Islamic Lands
    Speaker: Louise Mackie

Preview of Sotheby’s Auction
“Carpets and Textiles from Distinguished Collections”

    Speaker: Mary Jo Otsea


The Hajji Baba Club Annual Picnic

Art Deco Hooked Rugs: Modernist Folk Art
    Speaker: Lawrence Kearney

Reassembling a Persian Beauty & How To Kill a Moth – Tips and Tricks To Preserve Your Treasures
    Speaker: Anna Beselin

Exotic Encounters – Reading Two 18th Century Chintzes
    Speaker: John Guy

Back to The Future – Reconstruction of Anatolian Carpets From Renaissance Paintings
    Speaker: Ali Riza Tuna

Where Does the Baluch Camel Ground Tree of Life Design Come From?
    Speaker: DeWitt Mallary

SECRETS AND LI: Layers of Mystery in Dragon Tapestries from Hainan, China
    Speaker: Lee J. Chinalai

The Oriental Carpet as “Islamic Art”
    Speaker: Wendel Swan

The 1933 Exhibition of “Old Spanish Rugs” in Madrid: Carpets, Collectors, and Dealers
    Speaker: Heather Ecker

Uncle Henry and Lord Duveen’s Carpets
    Speaker: Thomas J. Farnham


Annual Summer Picnic

Myth & Design
    Speaker: Thomas Cole

Textile Crafts from Western India
    Speaker: Roger and Claire Pratt

Continuing Traditions
    Speaker: Gail Martin

Sogdian Traders & Silk Textiles
    Speaker: Carlo Christi

Ottoman Rugs & Romanian Folk Kilims
    Speaker: Stefano Ionescu

Early Rugs from the Nazmiyal Collection

Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories
    Speaker: Lee Talbot

City Court and Workshop Inspired Carpets

Anatolian Kilims and Their History
    Speaker: Vedat Karadag

Imperial Portraits and Costume from Ancient Assyria to Qajar Iran As Ritual Performance
    Speaker: Ira Spar

19th c. Village and Tribal Rugs

The Dragon Chasing the Horse – Or Was it the Other Way Around?
    Speaker: Koos de Jong

An Overview of Antique Rugs

Ottoman Influences on Islamic Batik from Indonesia, A Context of Understanding
    Speaker: Thomas Murray

Artist-Designed Rugs by Parviz Tanavoli, Iran’s Formost Sculptor
    Speaker: Parviz Tanavoli


The Hajji Baba Club Annual Picnic

Annual Meeting & Show and Tell

Kang Collection and Sotheby’s NYC

Ratti Center – Metropolitan Museum of Art

Off the Beaten Path
    Speaker: Jeff Spurr

A Sultan’s Present – the Robe of Honor in the Museum of Islamic Art, Berlin
    Speaker: Gisela Helmecke

Celestial Geometry as a Soul Carrier to The Other World
    Speaker: Eberhart Herrmann

Woven Transport and Storage Bags
    Speaker: Raoul Tschebull (Mike)

The Steps of the Dragon
    Speaker: Denise Cain

Carpets and the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Recent Past and Long-term Future
    Speaker: Walter Denny

Carpets of Gold and Silk
    Speaker: Dan Walker

Fifty Years of Collecting
    Speaker: Mae Festa

Hispanic Society Field Trip
    Speaker: Sally Sherrill

Qaraqalpaqs Of The Aral Delta
    Speaker: David and Sue Richardson


Central Asian Ikat Coats in the Ashmolean Museum
    Speaker: Ruth Barnes

Annual Meeting & Dinner

New York’s Great Carpet Collectors – Marquand to McMullan
    Speaker: Professor Thomas Farnham

Islamic Carpets and Textiles for the ALTICALSA Galleries at The MET: Conservation and Display
    Speaker: Florica Zaharia

The Origin Of Piled Weaving
    Speaker: Elena Tsareva

Aroma of Romance in Middle Eastern Art
    Speaker: Shelia Canby

Turkmen Engsi
    Speaker: Kurt Munkacsi

Rugs are All About Color! But What Does That Mean?
    Speaker: Wendel Swan

Sothebys Auction Preview
    Speaker: Mary Jo Otsea

Reciprocal Trefoil Border in East Turkestan and Elsewhere
    Speaker: Hans Koenig

Late Mamluk Carpets: Some New Observations
    Speaker: Dr. Jon Thompson


    Speaker: DeWitt Mallory

Mae Festa: My First Forty Years of Collecting
    Speaker: Jeff Spurr

Textile Design Influences in Turkish Rugs
    Speaker: Gerard Paquin

Fez & Kilims
    Speaker: Peter Bichler

    Speaker: Elena Phipps

Topkapi Textiles
    Speaker: Paul Hepworth

Turkish Rugs
    Speaker: Stefano Ionescu

Surprise Topic
    Speaker: Michael Franses

Re-opening of the Islamic Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Speaker: Navina Haidar


Japanese Textiles at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Speaker: Joyce Denney

Textiles as Art – Textiles as Artifacts
    Speaker: Gail Martin

The Orientalists: Oriental Carpets in 19th Century European and American Paintings
    Speaker: Walter Denny

The Marvelous Reality of Peru
    Speaker: James Reid

The Textiles of Kyrgyzstan
    Speaker: Eileen Anne Malloy

Shaped Indian Carpets of the 17th Century
    Speaker: Daniel Walker

Color as a Tool to Identify Anatolian Carpets
    Speaker: Samy Rabinovic

Beyond Babylon: Art, Trade, Costume and Diplomacy in The Second Millennium B.C.E.
    Speaker: Ira Spar


Anatolian Yastiks: Small Wonders
    Speaker: Dennis Dodds

Oriental Rug Fakes and Copies: Teodor Tuduc
    Speaker: Alberto Boralevi

Contemporary View of Old Caucasian Village Rugs
    Speaker: Raoul “Mike” Tschebull

Tribal Weavings: Symbolism and Meaning through the Eyes of the Creator
    Speaker: Peter Davies

Qing Imperial Robes in the Palace Museum Collection
    Speaker: John Vollmer

Dragon & Lattice Carpets of the 17th & 18th Centuries
    Speaker: Paul Ramsey

The Three Ballard Collections
    Speaker: Walter Denny

17th Century Mughal Style and It’s European Influences
    Speaker: Frank Ames