Erika Jorjorian joined the Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets department in 2013 after two years serving as an auction assistant and later as the full-time auction coordinator for the Skinner Discovery department. Prior to Skinner, Erika practiced conservation and restoration of armor for the Higgins Armory Museum, constructed costumes for the Philadelphia Opera Theater, and served as an instructor for jewelry-making and metalworking at the Worcester Center for Crafts.
Erika holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Crafts from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she became proficient in weaving, screen-printing, natural dying and cyanotype methods, felting, and Japanese shibori work. She attended Christie’s Education in conjunction with University of Glasgow, earning a Master of Letters degree in Art World Practice, and expanding her knowledge of art history. She also holds a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America, and has completed programs at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Peter’s Valley Craft Center. She is a member of the New England Rug Society, and has maintained a private jewelry studio space since 2004.
From the intricately embroidered Suzanis of Uzbekistan to 17th century Lotto fragments, Erika enjoys the day-to-day challenge of seeking out fresh material and deepening her understanding of the construction and historical relevance of rugs and textiles in today’s society.