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The George and Marie Hecksher Collection

In 1999, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board Member George Hecksher and his wife, Marie, gave their major collection of early Middle Eastern and Central Asian rugs and rare Central Asian and North Indian silks to the Museums’ Textile Arts department. By this remarkable gift, the Hecksher’s solidified the Museums’ position as having one of the finest Central Asian carpet collections in the world, while simultaneously establishing the Museums as one of the foremost collectors of early silks. The Hecksher’s gift of their collection was furthered by a generous donation of funds to support the development of the Textile Arts department’s facilities in the new de Young, including galleries, conservation laboratories, and storage. By their on-going philanthropy, the Heckshers have enabled the Museums to enrich and best care for its encyclopedic costume and textiles collection for more than twenty years. The George and Marie Hecksher Collection complements the Textile Arts’ departments other strong holdings of Central Asian textiles from The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection and The Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg Collection.


Image: Fragment, 11th–13th century, Central Asia. Silk, metallic thread, slit tapestry with eccentric wefts (kesi), 25 3/16 x 14 3/16 in. (64 x 36 cm). Gift of George and Marie Hecksher, 2002.184.2