Friends of Decorative Arts: Oriental Rugs
The decorative arts – fine furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and glass – are all around us and in the Museum. FODA expands understanding of their variety and beauty. Plus, you will make new friends at the meetings. Annual dues are $20 in addition to Museum membership.
FODA programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 2 pm during season. Non-FODA members can attend for $5, plus MFA admission. Carolyn Nygren is the volunteer coordinator.
Today we have TWO speakers for you. Lorraine Jeffus, President of The Questers, will introduce the nonprofit organization headquartered in a historic row house in Philadelphia’s Center City. With 10,000 members, the group is dedicated to the research and study of antiques and the preservation and restoration of artifacts, historic buildings, and landmarks across the country.
The second speaker listed in the Mosaic and our brochure was injured recently and will be unable to present. We, instead, will learn about oriental rugs from an expert. Pat France began her fascination with rugs when she was a child spending hours in her grandfather’s rug store. Her parents moved to Florida and started their rug store, France Rugs, in 1957. After graduating from college, she joined the business. She will be bringing some small rugs with her and will be talking about where rugs have been woven, basic construction, designs, and how to know what you are looking at and whether it is worthwhile buying.
“I have a lot of Persian rugs, some Turkish, Armenian, some Chinese,” she said. Styles range from art deco to traditional and modern.
Read more about Pat France’s background in this 2009 article HERE.