Exciting Seminar About Antique Carpet Trends Since 1900
Hosted by Nazmiyal and co-sponsored by the Hajji Baba Club, over 50 people came to hear the first of a 4 part lecture series about antique carpets.
For those of you who wanted to learn the truths and dispel the myths about antique rug dealers – this was your chance. In a packed midtown Manhattan antique rug gallery, people from all walks of life gathered to hear the first in a four part lecture series about antique carpets.
This first lecture is one that I like to refer to as “The Full Disclosure” lecture. Lead by Jason Nazmiyal, this lecture offered people the bare facts and inner workings of the antique rug dealer.
In his account of how the market changed over the years, Jason took us on journey through the fascinating facts, dispelled and / or reaffirmed many of the beliefs and misrepresentations that are all too common in this industry. Questions like – is chemically washing rugs a bad or good thing or is there really such a thing as Serapi rugs were all covered and in a straight forward and to-the-point manner.
The first topic was dedicated to the ever-changing trends in the rug industry – from the late 19th century through the mid to late 20th Century. Jason did not hold back and let it all hang out as he offered people the true facts in the most straight forward and transparent way. The “issue” of washed rugs, painted rugs and so forth are things that most dealers try to avoid while Jason, on the other hand, took on these topics head on and with full disclosure. As the rugs were unrolled, Jason took the time to explain why certain rugs were painted and others washed. Before and after pictures were shown as a way of offering full disclosure. People marveled, took notes and were grateful for the no-nonsense approach taken.
A timeline of trends was also fascinating to hear as Jason took us on journey through different times in history as well as locations. He explained what the fashion trends in rugs were / are and explained why these fashions kept changing and evolving over time. Explanations were offered and no question was missed or avoided. Note pads were out and people were frantically taking notes and trying to keep up with the wealth of “insider” information that was made available – perhaps for the first time ever!
Next was the topic of repaired and restored rugs. Jason showed people how to spot repair and restoration and offered in-depth explanations about how rug restoration affects value as well as why and what to look for when buying antique rugs.
Last on the topics of discussion was the surprise of the night. Jason opened up and shared a breakdown of which antique carpets have been selling over the past year. As he read off the amounts and types of rugs Nazmiyal has sold over the last year, I could not help but think that the data he is so willingly sharing is one that most dealers would keep under lock and key.
If this first lecture is any indication – the next one is already shaping up to be a great one!
The seating is limited so please call us at (212) 545-8029 to reserve your place
All the seminars will take place at our Midtown Gallery, 6:00 – 8:00pm