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The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection

Entrepreneur H. McCoy Jones (1897–1987) was a scholar and collector of nomadic tribal rugs, and the founder of the International Hajji Baba Society in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization of collectors, enthusiasts and scholars dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of fine textiles. In 1980, he and his wife, Caroline (1917–2006), made the commitment to donate his private collection of more than six hundred Central Asian carpets and textiles to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, transforming the Museums into one of the greatest repositories of Central Asian textiles in the United States. After H. McCoy Jones’s death in 1987, Caroline expanded her husband’s collection, focusing on Central Asian and South American textiles, and gifting to the Museums significant collections of Anatolian kilims and global headwear. Caroline and H. McCoy Jones’s remarkable gifts of art were further supported by the gift of their estate to the Textile Arts Department in 2006. For their enduring contributions to the Museums, the Textile Arts Department is named in their honor. In recent years, the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection has been enriched by donations of Central Asian textiles from The Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg Collection and The George and Marie Hecksher Collection.


Image: Kilim, 17th–18th century. Turkey, Central Anatolia, Ankara Province. Wool, dovetail, and slit-tapestry weave, 65 3/4 x 142 15/16 in. (16.7 x 36.3 cm.). Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection, Gift of Caroline McCoy-Jones, 2003.87.5