home-main.gif (2558 bytes)

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.

We welcome you to our site. And if you like what you see, we'll be pleased to welcome you as a member as well.  On this website, you will find everything you need to apply for membership. Enjoy your visit. 
Site Search & Site Map
  Facebook users can connect with NERS by clicking on the Like button above.

Next Meeting:   Sept. 2014 -- start of new season


Newsletter:  The April 2014 newsletter is available.


Event Calendar for the 2013/2014 Season

Sept. 6th

Walter Denny, Carpets and New Museums of Islamic Art: What's Happening? The well-known professor and carpet scholar will discuss the role of carpets in the new Islamic galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has worked as a Senior Consultant for the past six years, as well as in other newly opened museum galleries.     (First Parish)  

Oct. 4th Lawrence Kearney, Art Deco and Modernist Hooked Rugs. NERS member, rug-and-textile dealer, eclectic collector, and poet,
Lawrence will introduce us to a wonderful but little-known type of American art for the floor.  (ALMA)
Nov. 15th Koos de Jong, Saddle Rugs from China and Beyond. The Dutch collector, author, and historian of Chinese art will provide an illuminating survey of saddle rugs from China and Tibet.  An ACOR-sponsored presentation. (The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton Centre, MA) 
Feb. 28th Lee Talbot, Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories.  Curator at the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), Lee will update us on construction of the new, much-expanded museum and on his plans for the opening exhibition, which will showcase the TM's greatest treasures. (The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton Centre, MA)
March 28th Michael Grogan, Thirty-Five Years in Oriental Rugs. Noted auctioneer and NERS member, Michael Grogan will discuss adventures in the carpet-auction business over the last quarter century. (Grogan & Co.)
April 25th A Night at the MFA. Combining the annual MFA event with the Collector Series, this evening will feature rugs from NERS-member Gerard Paquin's outstanding collection, plus a reception hosted by the museum. (MFA, Boston)
May 25th 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 06/10/14

                  Home  |  About  |  Meetings  |  Newsletter  |  Gallery  |  Literature  |  Blog   |  Links 

 Copyright  2002-2013, New England Rug Society, All Rights Reserved