A donation ceremony took place 18 June 2013 in Baku, where Mrs. Beverly Smith, Chicago, handed over two very old Caucasian carpets to the Azerbaijan State Museum of Carpet and Applied Art.
These carpets, a 17th century Karabagh dragon carpet and a 19th century Shirvan carpet, were from the collection of her late husband Grover Smith.
“The new Carpet Museum in Baku will be a great achievement which could be a very wonderful home for Caucasian rugs. I really hope other collectors will follow Mrs. Beverly Smith’s example” said Stefano Ionescu to Jozan Magazine.
The donation ceremony was a part of an ICOC study tour to Azerbaijan organized and initiated by ICOC’s Alberto Boralevi, independent scholar Stefano Ionescu and Roya Tagiyeva, director of the Azerbaijan Carpet Museum.
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