The Jim Dixon Collection

Jim Dixon (1943-2020) collected historically and aesthetically significant material and, over time, became a highly regarded carpet collector. His acquisitions came to be known as the ‘Hesperides Collection’, and he frequently opened his doors for public viewing. Most of the rugs in the collection date from before 1860, preceding the dawn of synthetic dyestuffs, and numerous examples in the collection date before 1800. Jim sought to acquire early material as a rule so he could study the design and techniques; examples of these early textiles are often fragmentary; condition was not a concern. A landscape architect, his knowledge of plants informed his passion for the artistic representations of the natural world, and the collection reflects this intrigue in many garden, tree, and lotus palmette carpets. The purpose-built residence Dixon built on the top of a mountain in Occidental, California, dramatically showed pieces of his collection in breathtaking arrangement, cascading dramatically down the immense interior walls. The exterior, painted in deep jewel tones hinted at the dazzling palette of colors within.

Jim Dixon wished for his estate to live on as a place of study and contemplation—a place where people could visit and appreciate the beauty of the gardens and explore meditation and the nature of consciousness. It was his feeling that the KFA would be the best suited to receive this gift and carry out this wish. Learn more

The Krishnamurti Foundation of America (KFA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization Trust founded in 1969 by J. Krishnamurti. The purpose of the KFA is to preserve and disseminate the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and advance public understanding and realization of human potential by means of the study of these teachings. The activities are focused on making the teachings available through traditional and modern media, outreach programs both in the USA and internationally, and through the Center and School in Ojai, California. Learn more