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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