We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Reader at Rug Rag made us aware of this talk by Barry O'Connell at the Textile Museum, Washington DC, on Caucasian rugs. We like old Caucasian rugs. The videos are an education, but more about the history of the Causasus region than about the rugs.
The intro here, and the rest of the series is on our continuation page below.
Washington's Textile Museum is one of those delightful 'secret places' that are open to inquiring souls [who are pretty much broke and need intellectual stimulation]. I lived in Washington D.C. for two years back in 1969-71 and it was a favorite place of mine, along with Dumbarton Oaks gardens in Georgetown, very near the Public Library. Those gardens are a lovely place -- terraced down the side of a ravine, across from the Old Naval Observatory. which is now the residence of the Vice President. Harvard owns Dumbarton Oaks and , at least during that period, used it as their Center for Byzantine Studies. Appropriate, no?
I love the rugs because it allows me to better understand the people. Hopefully the folks at www.RugRag.com will post the show and tell portion of the talk. A wonderful custom is that collectors bring in related pieces for discussion. You can see amazing treasures on a Saturday morning.