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The New England Rug Society has a history of exhibiting pieces from our members’ collections.  Our first exhibition was staged in conjunction with the first American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR 1) held in Boston in 1992.  Entitled Through the Collector’s Eye – Oriental Rugs from New England Private Collections, it opened at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art and subsequently traveled to The Textile Museum in Washington DC.  Its catalog, bearing the same title, is reproduced on this site.

In April of 2006 the NERS hosted the Eight American Conference on Oriental Rugs  (ACOR 8) in Boston, at which ten separate exhibitions of rugs and textiles belonging to NERS members were among the major highlights of the event.  Unfortunately time and financial constraints prevented the publication of a printed catalog documenting the 450+ pieces that were on display, but we hope to at least partially remedy that on this site.

In November, 2002, the New England Rug Society broke new ground with the unveiling of Prayer Rugs and Related Textiles, the rug world’s first virtual on-line exhibition to be sponsored by a rug society.  Shortly thereafter we posted the contents of Collector’s Eye for the benefit of those unable to obtain the now-out-of-print catalog.  Another dedicated on-line exhibition – To Have and To Hold -- followed in January of 2004.  We have since added “virtual” records of some of the ACOR 8 exhibitions.

Please click on the exhibition title of your choice and enjoy your visit to the NERS on-line gallery.


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