Skinner Appoints New Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets

BOSTON, Mass. – November 18, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Lawrence Kearney as Director of the Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets Department.

Mr. Kearney comes to Skinner after more than three decades as a dealer in antique carpets and textiles. Considered an authority in the field, he possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of regions, periods, and genres, from American hooked rugs to European tapestries to Song Dynasty textiles. From 1983 to 1987, Mr. Kearney served as the features editor of The Oriental Rug Review, where he also contributed auction reports and an occasional column of “advice for the rug-lorn.” Since 2003, he has served as an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching a number of courses on Oriental and tribal rugs.

In addition to Oriental rugs and carpets of both tribal and workshop production from several regions and eras, Mr. Kearney’s areas of expertise include European tapestries, velvets, brocades and needlepoints, American hooked and yarn-sewn rugs, quilts and coverlets, Navajo and Andean weavings, Southeast Asian textiles, and Ancient late Classical works.

Mr. Kearney also has a distinguished background in letters and is an American poet of note. He is the author of Kingdom Come, a volume of poetry that includes “The Heaven of Full Employment,” and is a recipient of poetry fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of New York, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He has taught poetry and composition at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Mr. Kearney earned degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Arizona. He is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.

Skinner’s next auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets will take place in March 2014. For recent auction results or upcoming highlights, please visit

About Skinner’s Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets Department

With a vast international audience of collectors and dealers attending each auction in person, online, and on the phone, the Oriental Rugs & Carpets department routinely realizes high prices, including the $59,250 world record for the sale of a Kashmir moon shawl. Find oriental rugs and carpets in Skinner European Furniture & Decorative Arts auctions, American Furniture & Decorative Arts auctions, and Discovery auctions.

Whether you’re representing a client or gallery, or looking for the perfect floor carpet for a room in your own home, a Skinner Oriental Rugs & Carpets auction is the place to find beautiful and authentic antique carpets of enduring value. Find everything from a 19th century Serapi to an antique tapestry. For questions, contact the department at 508-970-3247 or

About Skinner

Skinner auctions draw international interest from buyers and consignors alike, with material regularly achieving record prices. The company’s auction and appraisal services focus on fine art, jewelry, furniture, and decorative arts from around the globe, as well as wine, fine musical instruments, rare books, clocks, Judaica, and more. Monthly Skinner Discovery auctions feature a breadth of estate material. Widely regarded as one of the most trusted names in the business, Skinner appraisers have appeared on the PBS-TV series Antiques Roadshow since the show’s inception. Skinner has galleries in Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts, with an international audience of bidders participating in person, by phone, and online through the SkinnerLive! online bidding platform. For more information and to read our blog, visit the website at, find us on Facebook at, or follow us on Twitter @Skinnerinc.



Kate de Bethune
Director of Marketing

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