|NERS has just published a new online exhibition. The exhibition is a
online duplication of the ACOR 8 exhibition "Baluch" from the Collection of Mark Hopkins.
"All of these
30 pieces originate from either northeastern Iran or northwestern
Afghanistan and none comes from the Baluchistan region of Pakistan"
says Mark Hopkins. "The age of these rugs is also subject to much
speculation but I suspect half or more are from the 20th Century and a few may precede
1850 - some of these pieces are truly from Baluch weavers; others are from nomadic
and settled groups weaving in the Baluch tradition", he continues.
Mark Hopkins is president for New England Rug Society and also member
of the ACOR Board of Directors.
The New England Rug Society has a long history of exhibiting pieces from
the member's collections. The first exhibition in 1991 was entitled
"Through the Collector’s Eye – Oriental Rugs from New England Private
Collections" and was displayed on the first American Conference on
Oriental Rugs in Boston. This exhibition was reproduced on NERS website in
2002 just after the society had launched another online exhibition
"Prayer Rugs & Related Textiles".
The online exhibition "To Have and To Hold" with focus on
tribal transport and storage bags followed in January of 2004.
The New England Rug Society is now in the process of adding virtual records of some of the ACOR 8
exhibitions. Two of them have been posted "Baluch" as mentioned
first in this article, and "Rare and Unusual
Turkmen Pile Weavings". This online representation includes
impressing virtual restorations of some of the displayed rugs.
More information: NERS
Jozan Magazine 15 April 2007