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The Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg Collection

In 1997, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco received a major collection of Turkmen weavings from San Francisco residents Wolfgang (1915–1999) and Gisela Wiedersperg (1919–2006). The couple had life-long interests in travel and collecting Turkmen carpets and textiles, which enabled them to build a significant collection of more than eighty examples with representations of work by all major weaving tribes. The collection was the subject of the exhibition, Between the Black Desert and the Red: Turkmen Carpets from the Wiedersperg Collection, at the de Young Museum in 2000. The Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg Collection complements the Textile Arts’ departments other strong holdings of Central Asian textiles from The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection and The George and Marie Hecksher Collection.


Image: Camel trapping for a bridal procession (kejebelik), ca. 1800–1850. Central Asia, Turkmen, Salor tribe. Wool, silk, knotted pile (asymmetrical knot, open to the left), 36  x 85  in. (91.4 x 215.9 cm). Wiedersperg Collection, Gift of Wolfgang and Gisela Wiedersperg, 1997.142.7