The Antique Rug & Textile Show (ARTS) will return to San Francisco this fall, opening Thursday October 17, 2013. The show, now in its fifth year, is the largest of its type and the highlight of the year for American rug enthusiasts. The informal often festive tone of the show allows for a comfortable environment in which to browse some of the best antique collectible pieces available on the market.
“Visitors are encouraged to pre-register for the ARTS opening gala through the ARTS website, said Ben Banayan to Jozan Magazine and continued “ARTS employs the strategy that more is more. With a low fee structure for its pre-vetted group of exhibitors, it attracts not only the top dealers participating in international fairs but a host of smaller sellers with an equally high caliber of material if not the volume”.
This year, ARTS will be expanding its relationship with SFBARS, the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society. In addition to co-sponsoring the annual ARTS exhibition, a collection of saddlebags in complete condition assembled from San Francisco Bay Area private collections, SFBARS will co-sponsor the ARTS Collector Show & Tell and will host their October speaker, Koos de Jong, a Dutch expert in Tibetan weaving, during ARTS at nearby Krimsa Gallery.
ARTS visitors can request a complimentary tour of the show. This is a great opportunity for both novices who would like to get more general information about antique rugs and ethnographic weavings or expert collectors searching for specific pieces or genres. Tours can be arranged with staff at the front desk or in the under $500 room. Hosted by Wesley Marquand of rugbooks.com, this room should be filled with various bargains for every budget and will be made up of pieces consigned by ARTS participants.
San Francisco is a vibrant, beautiful, and welcoming international city. Summer comes later to this city on the bay and October is generally sunny and beautiful. San Francisco has several great museums including the de Young and Asian Art Museum and the Bay area is the home to some of the best private collections of rugs and textiles in the world.
“ARTS actively encourages international visitors. If you would like information on where to stay during the show, ARTS events, or combining your trip to ARTS with other local attractions such as wine country in Napa Valley and Sonoma updates will be posted soon on the ARTS website. You may also inquire directly to us by email” said Ben Banayan.