Sonny Berntsson, a prominent member of Gothenburgs Oriental Rug Society (AKREP), has dedicated much of his time to research on Anatolian rugs and kilims and has become an expert in idenfication of Anatolian rugs. Sonny started collecting rugs in 1975 and a couple of years later he decided to specialize in Anatolian rugs.
“Especially the excellent colors in old Anatolian rugs fascinated me because they were so truly folk art” said Sonny Berntsson to Jozan Magazine.
Jozan Magazines interview with Sonny Berntsson took place Friday 9 November 2012 where he had organized a special display of Anatolian rugs from Gothenburg collections exclusively for Jozan Magazine.
“I’m now retired from my professional job at Volvo in Gothenburg and use my freedom with long travels in Turkey and investigation of Anatolian rugs, their origin and symbols. I have visited Turkey 62 times since 1975 and have learned about Anatolian rugs through research and discussions with old respected Turkish dealers. Sadly – most of those dealers are dead now” said Sonny Berntsson.
“I have always been rather private with my hobby and passion for Anatolian rugs, but after I have retired I have been more active about Anatolian rugs in the public room. Your readers are welcome to contact me with questions” said Sonny Berntsson at the end of the interview.