Turkmen carpet fragment (detail, photographed from back), Middle Amu Darya region. Wool; knotted pile (asymmetrical knot, open to the right). FAMSF, Wiedersperg Collection, gift of Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg, 1997.195.12
Dr. Elena Tsareva is a world-recognized specialist in the field of archaeological and ethnographic textiles and an expert on carpet weaving of the peoples of Northern Eurasia. A graduate of the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Saint Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) State University, Dr. Tsareva is the head of textile research at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Saint Petersburg. Her most recent publication, Turkmen Carpets: Masterpieces of Steppe Art, from 16th to 19th Centuries, The Hoffmeister Collection, was a listed as one of the top books in its category in the New York Times Holiday Gift Guide 2011. In 2012, Dr.Tsareva was honored by the Near Eastern Art Research Center with the Joseph V. McMullan Award for Stewardship and Scholarship in Islamic Rugs and Textiles.
This lecture is generously supported by the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society and presented by the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Art, FAMSF