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Meet the Experts: Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, Part II

Expert appraisers work together at Skinner auction house to find, appraise, and research rare, beautiful, and historically important items. In the Meet the Experts blog series, we meet some of these experts and learn the stories behind their success.

Have you traveled to any rug-producing areas of the world?

In the early 1980s I’d go out to villages in western Turkey and buy new, vegetable-dyed, hand-spun, wool-made rugs. A few of the weavers just “had it.” In dance and music, for example, you can tell when a particular choreographer or musician is putting everything into a piece.… Read More

Meet the Experts: Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets, Part I

Expert appraisers work together at Skinner auction house to find, appraise, and research rare, beautiful, and historically important items. In the Meet the Experts blog series, we meet some of these experts and learn the stories behind their success.

How did you first become interested in rugs?

I’ve always been interested in antiques, even when I was a kid. But rugs spoke to me directly, and I couldn’t shake them. In graduate school while getting an MFA in poetry, I started buying rugs in a serious way.… Read More

Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets Gallery Walk

Friday, March 21, 2014

Join us for a tour of auction highlights

REGISTER NOW Reception: 5:30PM Gallery Walk: 6PM

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Lawrence Kearney, Department Director, will present highlights from the March 22nd Fine Oriental Rugs and Carpets auction.

Skinner Boston Gallery 63 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116

Reservations 508-970-3240 events@skinnerinc.comRead More

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.… Read More

Buried Treasure: The Story of the $50,000 Kashmir Moon Shawl

Next time you sort through boxes in your basement, setting aside items for a yard sale, think twice about what these items may be worth. You could be the unknowing owner of a buried treasure.

In the Skinner Oriental Rugs & Carpets auction on Saturday, February 11, 2012, An important Kashmir Moon Shawl hammered at $50,000 after intense, competitive bidding. The phone lines were all busy with bidders calling in from around the world.… Read More