The 14th International Conference on Oriental Carpets. June 7- 10, 2018.USA

14th ICOC Washington DC June 7 - 10, 2018 The 14th International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) will be held in Washington DC from June 7 -10, 2018 in collaboration with the Textile Museum and the George Washington University Museum. For detailed information and to register, please click HERE. The exhibitions will include ikats from the Guido Goldman collection at both the Textile Museum and the Smithsonian Institution’s Sackler Museum, other Central Asian carpets and textiles, costumes of Chinese minorities and diverse rugs and textiles from other weaving cultures.www.http://icoc-orientalrugs.org/ Events begin on Thursday 7 June with tours of exhibitions and local textile storage an

The Grumpy Carpet Dealer - Please don't name your rug Melissa

Ok I admit I am in a ranting mood but after a week of Instagram rug posts with tag lines of ' Tony would look fabulous on your floor ' ' Melissa is looking for a new home ' ' Lauren will brighten up every space ' ' Micheal has the most beautiful vintage hues ' I feel as if I want to scream in horror or groan in just plain dispair. I know it's good marketing technique to personalise your product and in this day and age of global consumerism and 'instamusthaves' you have to do the best you can with a couple of hip lines and targeted hashtags to make your mark.So my rant is not a criticism of those sellers who name their rugs but more a reflection on this recent rug 'naming' trend. As a bit of

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