Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Good, Better, Best

Red, Turkmen rug with detailed design
“Asmalyk” (detail), Central Asia, Turkmenistan, c. 1800-1850. The Textile Museum 1979.35.6. Gift of Arthur D. Jenkins.


What sets apart a great rug from a good one? Why do some rugs fetch six figures, while others will not sell at any price? This program combines connoisseurship with insightful commentary, as a panel of worldwide experts comment on the aesthetic qualities of a selection of rugs and carpets.

Find out if your tastes are contrarian or conventional, gain an insight into what distinguishes good from great, and imagine how your rugs might fare under the panel's scrutiny. This participatory program has something for every level of knowledge and experience.


Ben Evans, editor, Hali Publications

Detlef Maltzahn, managing director and proprietor, Rippon Boswell & Co.

Mary Jo Otsea, former worldwide director of rugs and carpets, Sotheby’s 

Wendel Swan, museum trustee and collector (moderator) 

How to Participate

You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining online via Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (11 a.m. EDT). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Collectors and experts discuss textile topics and display examples from their personal holdings. You are invited to submit related pieces to share during the program. This series is named in honor of late Textile Museum trustee emeritus, Harold M. Keshishian. Browse upcoming programs