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The New England Rug Society (NERS) is an informal, non-profit organization of people interested in enriching their knowledge and appreciation of antique oriental rugs and textiles.

NERS members gather six to eight times each year at meetings which usually feature an outside speaker and focus on a particular theme related to the rug field, with an occasional textile topic included for variety. Meetings are held in various locations in the greater Boston area, depending on the subject.

We welcome you to our site. And if you like what you see, we'll be pleased to welcome you as a member as well. On this website, you will find everything you need to apply for membership. http://www.ne-rugsociety.org/#Membership

Event Calendar for the 2014/2015 Season

September 19
Jeff Spurr, The Allure of Luxury: The Impact of the Kashmir Shawl on Dress and Design in Persia. NERS member and textile scholar Jeff Spurr will show the influence of high-status, imported Kashmir shawls on Persian arts, including rug design. (Durant-Kenrick House)

October 24
Meredith Montague and Buzz Dohanian, Caring For and Cleaning Your Treasures. From different perspectives, Meredith Montague, head of Textile Conservation at the MFA, and NERS member Buzz Dohanian, of Bon Ton Rug Cleansers in Watertown, will give useful advice on rug care. (ALMA)

November 21
John Collins, Shahsevan Flatweaves. NERS member and owner of Collins Gallery in Newburyport, John will focus on non-pile (especially sumak) articles made by Shahsevan weavers in Northwest Iran and the Transcaucasus. (First Parish)

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 21 April, 7:00 PM First Parish Church, 14 Bedford Rd., Lincoln, MA Collector Series, Honoring Yon Bard. Yon will talk ... read more
    price:  Visitors welcome ($10.00 fee; first time free)

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 24 March, 7:00 PM Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Ave. Newton Centre, ma, 02458 DeWitt Mallary on Jürg Rageth’s New Study ... read more
    price:  Visitors welcome ($10.00 fee; first time free)

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 11 November, 7:00 PM Grogan Auctions, 20 Charles St., Boston, ma 02114 Mitch Rudnick, “The Making of the Rudnick ... read more
    price:  Visitors welcome ($10.00 fee; first time free)

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 14 October, 7:00 PM First Parish Church, 14 Bedford Rd., Lincoln, MA Michael Franses, “Some of the Oldest Surviving ... read more
    price:  Visitors welcome ($10.00 fee; first time free)

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 16 September, 7:00 PM First Parish Church, 14 Bedford Rd., Lincoln, MA Wendel Swan, “Swedish Textiles for Oriental Rug ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10.00

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 1 April, 7:00 pm First Parish Church, 14 Bedford Rd., Lincoln, MA Yon Bard, Richard Belkin, and John ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10.00

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 11 March, 5:30 pm (refreshments), 6:30 (talk) Skinner Inc., 63 Park Plaza, Boston, MA Lawrence Kearney: The Story of ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 5 February, 7:00 pm Armenian Library and Museum of America (alma), now Armenian Museum of America, ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 23 October 2015 First Parish Church, Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA Collector Spotlight: Ann Nicholas and Rich Blumenthal Moderated by Lloyd ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 11 September 2015 The Durant-Kendrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Centre, MA Heather Ecker: Problematics in Spanish Carpet Studies For directions, ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 19 September 2014, The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Centre, MA Jeff Spurr: 'The Allure of Luxury: The Impact ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Sunday, 25 May 2014, Noon till 4:00 PM Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham MA Annual Picnic, Moth Market ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 25 April 2014, 7:00 pm a Night at the mfa (Museum of Fine Arts) Featuring exceptional pieces from the ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 28 March 2014, 7:00 PM Grogan & Company, 22 Harris St., Dedham, ma 02026 Michael Grogan: Thirty-five Years in Oriental ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 28 February 2014, 7:00 PM The Durant-Kendrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Centre, MA Lee Talbot: Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 15 November 2013, 7:00 PM The Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton Center, MA Koos de Jong: Saddle Rugs ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 4 October 2013, 7:00 PM Armenian Library and Museum of America (alma), Watertown, MA Lawrence Kearney: 'Art Deco and ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting, Friday, 6 September 2013, 7:00 pm, First Parish Church, Lincoln Center, ma : Walter Denny, 'Islamic Carpets and New ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Sunday, 11 November 2012, 2:00-4:30 PM John Collins Gallery, 40r Merrimac St. [Brown's Wharf], Newburyport, MA Three Collections: a Dozen Pieces NERS ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10

  • New England Rug Society meeting Friday, 5 October 2012, 7:30 PM Armenian Library and Museum of America (alma), Watertown, MA Jon Thompson: Late Mamluk Rugs For directions, ... read more
    price:  Visitors Welcome, $10