Benjamin Mini is the Head of Skinner’s Rug and Carpet department. Ben has over twenty years of experience buying and selling rugs, textiles, and other antiques. During that time, he cultivated many relationships with collectors and dealers in New England, the United States, and abroad. Ben’s special interest is with antique Anatolian, Persian, Caucasian, Turkmen, and Chinese rugs and carpets. He is knowledgeable in decorative and tribal rugs as well as flatweaves and other textiles from the Middle East, North Africa, India, and China. He also has experience with American Indian and pre-Columbian weavings. Ben lives in Maine and will also serve more generally as the new Skinner representative for that region. Ben has a background in education, and prior to coming to Skinner he taught courses in History, Art History, and Islamic Studies.