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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.

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. 
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Next Meeting: November 21 (Saturday!), 2 p.m. — Rugs and Islamic Art in the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum, Springfield, MA .

Newsletter:  The November 2015 newsletter is now available.


Event Calendar for the 2015/2016 Season

Sept. 11th

Heather Ecker, Spanish Carpets. Independent scholar and writer Heather Ecker will talk about the history, designs, and survival of carpets made in Spain. (Durant-Kenrick House)    

Oct. 23rd Collector Spotlight: Ann Nicholas and Rich Blumenthal. Moderated by Lloyd Kannenberg, the meeting will feature the collections and recollections of Ann and Rich.  (First Parish)
Nov. 21st (Saturday afternoon) Kendra Weisbin, Rugs and Other Islamic Arts in the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum. The curator in charge of the recent reinstallation of GWVS will lead us on a gallery tour at the museum. (GWVS Museum, Springfield)
Feb. Susan Lind-Sinanian, Armenian Orphan Rugs. NERS member and ALMA textile curator Susan Lind-Sinanian will introduce us to these fascinating and poignant rugs. (ALMA)
March An Evening at Skinner. Skinner hosts a reception and special tour, led by NERS member Lawrence Kearney, of the spring Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction. (Skinner, Boston)
April Good, Better, Best. NERS members present several examples of a given type of rug or textile and explain what accounts for differences in quality and appeal. (First Parish)
May (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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