The Near Eastern Art Research Center

The Near Eastern Art Research Center was formed in 1962 by the late Joseph V. McMullan (1896- 1973), one of the 20th century’s foremost scholars and collectors of Islamic carpets. Mr. McMullan died in New York City in 1973 but the major part of his collection lives on in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and The Textile Museum.

The NEARC’s mission is to provide support in the publications and exhibitions, and also to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the field. The foundation’s initial mission was the publication of McMullan’s landmark book on his collection, “Islamic Carpets” in 1965. But McMullan also wanted the Center to go beyond that and become a vehicle through which authors could get his or her work in print. In addition, McMullan hoped to support other projects, especially during the early stages when help and encouragement was most needed. Over the years, The Center has published at least ten titles with other books in progress. In addition, The Center has provided support for over three dozen projects and exhibitions.

The award ‘The Joseph V. McMullan Award for Scholarship and Stewardship in Islamic Rugs & Textiles’ is issued by the Trustees of the Near Eastern Art Research Center.

The Center is incorporated in New York and enjoys the status of a not-for-profit 501(c)4corporation. Members of the Board of Trustees of the Near Eastern Art Research Center are in April 2024: Bruce P. Baganz, Chairman, Brooke Pickering-Cole, Thomas J. Farnham, Raoul E. Tschebull, Daniel Shaffer and Ben Evans.


Find books by Joseph V. McMullan, Raoul Tschebull, Harold Keshishian, W. Russell Pickering, Ralph S. Yohe,