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The New England Rug Society (NERS) is an informal,  non-profit organization of people interested in enriching their knowledge and appreciation of antique oriental rugs and textiles.

NERS members gather six to eight times each year at meetings which usually feature an outside speaker and focus on a particular theme related to the rug field, with an occasional textile topic included for variety.  Meetings are held in various locations in the greater Boston area, depending on the subject.

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Next Meeting: May 24th-- The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the (Gore Place )

Newsletter:  The April 2015 newsletter is available.


Event Calendar for the 2014/2015 Season

Sept. 19th

Jeff Spurr, The Allure of Luxury: The Impact of the Kashmir Shawl on Dress and Design in Persia. NERS member and textile scholar Jeff Spurr will show the influence of high-status, imported Kashmir shawls on Persian arts, including rug design. (Durant-Kenrick House)    

Oct. 24th Meredith Montague and Buzz Dohanian, Caring For and Cleaning Your Treasures. From different perspectives, Meredith Montague, head of Textile Conservation at the MFA, and NERS member Buzz Dohanian, of Bon Ton Rug Cleansers in Watertown, will give useful advice on rug care.  (ALMA)
Nov. 21st John Collins, Shahsevan Flatweaves. NERS member and owner of Collins Gallery in Newburyport, John will focus on non-pile (especially sumak) articles made by Shahsevan weavers in Northwest Iran and the Transcaucasus. (First Parish)
Feb. 21st Ali Riza Tuna (ACOR-sponsored speaker), Back to the Future: Reconstructing Extinct Anatolian Carpets from Renaissance Paintings. An independent researcher in various aspects of early Anatolian carpets, Ali Riza Tuna will show how the paintings of Ghirlandaio, Piero della Francesca, and Lorenzo Lotto enable us to visualize, and even recreate, vanished rugs.  (Durant-Kenrick House)
March 5th (Thursday) A Night at the MFA. Combining the annual MFA event with the Collector Series, this evening will feature outstanding kilims from NERS member Raoul "Mike" Tschebull's collection, plus a reception. (MFA, Boston)
April 17th Beau Ryan, Bits and Pieces. NERS member Beau Ryan, owner of Rare Elements, a Concord gallery featuring carpets and other antiques, will illustrate the attraction and collectibilty of rug fragments with examples from his own collection.  (First Parish)
May 24th (Sunday) The annual picnic, moth market and show-and-tell session. At the Gore Place, Waltham, MA.

View the event calendars from previous seasons

Membership Annual membership dues are: Student: $25,  Single: $45, Couple: $65, Supporting: $90, Patron: $120.  
New members If you would like to join NERS (of course you would!), you can pay your dues online via PayPal or you can print out the PDF membership form and mail it in along with a check.
Current members When you receive your yearly renewal notice (usually mid-summer) either pay your dues online with Paypal or send in a check.

Additional NERS information can be
obtained by sending email to NERS

NERS is a member of the American Conference on Oriental Rugs


   Site last updated on 5/24/2015

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