Preview: Thursday, March. 31 through Monday, April 4th, 12:00 Noon - 5:00 pm
The Most Important Rug Auction of 2016:
is a very special auction since it combines rarity with large sizes and
superb condition. Many of these rugs I know from visiting with Jason
Nazmiyal as he built this collection over the last few year. In fact
the Nazmiyal Collection has played has to my Oriental Rug Tours. This
is where the Senior Fellow of the Academy of Oriental Rugs put together
study tours of exceptional museums and Collecions For the first time
ever, Bonhams Auction house and Nazmiyal Collection are joining forces
to launch one of the most exciting and anticipated antique and vintage
rug auctions ever! This iconic event will take place April 4th, at
the Bonhams NYC location and will include some of the rarest and most
decorative pieces from Nazmiyal's coveted collection.
Very nice new Oriental Rug magazine in English
Carpet Collector is devoted exclusively to antique rugs and textiles.
new magazine is aimed at all fans of this fascinating topic. The
editorial spectrum is correspondingly broad: auction
presentations, reports from collectors’ meetings, reports about the
important rug collections of major museums, presentations of
exceptional collector’s rugs and essays by international rug experts.
many years I got an email from my wife telling me I was missing some
guides. So here is the first of the new batch and I will be posting a
number of others. Actually 6 more unless she adds to my list.
Most husbands get chores to do, I get rug guides to write: Antique
to the Best Oriental
Rug and Carpet Cleaners and Restorers of Hawaii
Animals,Pearls, and Flowers
Of all the people in the field of Oriental Rug Studies perhaps the most
controversial is Jack Cassin, who in the late 1980's wrote and
published 4 noteworthy books on historic carpets.
In 1997 Jack also founded the Weaving Art Museum, a nonprofit art
organization dedicated to raising public awareness for masterpiece
historic Near Eastern weavings. The Weaving Art Museum website has been
on line since 1998 and hosts a number of exhibitions where many
unpublished, early rugs and textiles as well as original, innovative
commentaries authored by Jack can be found... MORE...
rugs were a complete surprise to me. I never expected to find a secret
Persian minority in China who are the major ethnic group in the Ningxia
Hui Province. Over time I hope to expand this subject more
My weekend in New
York was wonderful. I visited with Hagop Manoyan of Hagop Manoyan
Nazmiyal of the Nazmiyal Collection. Then
I headed uptown to see Mary
Jo Otsea Senior Vice President
Worldwide Director, Carpets at Sotheby's.
It helps me to learn from the best people in the business.
Sat. Dec. 4th Carpet Preview
Sotheby's sale of oriental and European rugs and carpets in New York on
December 7, 2010 offers of a wide selection of pieces from all major
weaving centers around the world. Lots include a number of
seventeenth-century weavings, such as an impressive Khorossan saph (lot
90), fine silk rugs and carpets from Persia including a well-preserved
Heriz silk carpet (lot 124), a number of finely-woven silk Kum Kapi
rugs from Istanbul, of which lot 100, 114 and 123 are in near-original
condition, and some brilliantly-colored Kazak weavings (lots 66 and
83). As always, a large selection of room-size carpets will also be
included in the sale, including a particularly beautiful Ziegler Mahal
carpet from the Estate of Mrs. Robert Lehman (lot 163), and a fine
mid-nineteenth-century Agra gallery carpet (lot 265).
My old friend Afshin Nejad has a new rug sales
What strikes me as odd is that he says on his site:
We ONLY sell Real Persian Rugs
NO Rugs From China, Pakistan, India, Turkey Only Persian Rugs Made in IRAN
The last line is the essence of the controversy.
Purists agree that Persian Rugs are made in Iran. But more frequently I
am hearing friends refer to Persian Rugs from other countries. I posted
this for discussion at
What do you think?
I visited Richard Rothstein & Co.
Oriental Rugs in Mt Laurel New Jersey one of the Philadelphia area's
great rug stores.
Harold Keshishian dead at 81
In my life time I have have many
friends but outside of family there are few I truly loved. Harold
Keshishian was one of the few I loved like family. Harold died
yesterday July 23, 2010 and it is like losing my father all over again.
Harold was born in London England
in 1929 to Mark and Margaret Develetian Keshishian. Mark Keshishian was
a great hero, entrepreneur and freedom fighter who waged a one man
effort to rescue the family from the Armenian massacres in Turkey after
the Great War. I researched Mark when I helped Harold build the www.Hadjin.com
website. It was always a little frustrating that Harold took a very
humble approach to his father's story when I thought it was more like
an adventure movie plot.
When Harold was two his family
moved to New York State to handle some investments which had suffered
in the spreading depression. Father Mark pulled things together and
relocated to Washington DC where he built DC's premier Oriental Rug
store as well as a very successful commercial laundry. The infield of
the stadium where the Washington Nationals play is on the site of the
The family lived a comfortable
existence in Washington and all three Keshishian children graduated
from University. John the eldest went on to medical school and is today
a prominent surgeon. James went to college in Cincinnati graduating
from George Washington Univ and Harold graduated from Colorado School
of Mines an engineering university located in Golden, Colorado.
Harold once told me he didn't make
his money selling, but rather he made his money buying. He developed
the knack of investing his money by his great knowledge and foresight.
I remember one auction when a lot of Chinese rank badges shot far past
the high estimate. Others at the sale were stunned that Harold would
bid so much for the badges but what only the under bidder and Harold
knew was that they were not Chinese at all but rather the far more rare
Korean rank Badges. Whether is was real estate, carpets, or objects
d'art Harold had the deep knowledge to make successful acquisitions.
Harold's real love was family.
Harold made no secret of the great love he had for his wife Melissa.
But more than just love he also respected her as his better in some
areas. Harold used to tell me that he bought their farm in Poolesville
for the land and how surprised he was that Melissa turned it into a
successful business. Harold loved his children very much. I never met
his eldest daughter by his first marriage but as a proud father he used
to tell me about her latest doings. The younger three Kurt,
Christopher, and Jocelyn were a great treasure to Harold particularly
over the last several years as he battled cancer. He seemed to draw
strength from Melissa and the children as he fought the good fight.
Today when Harold's nephew Mark
called me he commented, "who is going to yell at us now'. That is very
much the crux of the matter. Harold over the years said things to me
that no one else would say but he said them in love and kindness.
Now as I dry my tears and finish
this note I am going to light my best cigar and sit in the sun and
remember my friend Harold...