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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.

Antique Serapi Carpet, Northwest Persia, late 19th century, 13 ft. 2 in. x 11 ft. 4 in. (Estimate $10,000-$12,000)

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.… Read More

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

Lawrence Kearney, Director of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets at Skinner, Inc.

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.… Read 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