Links to other Rug,Textile & Art Sites 
Rug and Textile Groups/Organizations
Discussion Groups/Online Magazine
The internet presence for HALI, with auction and exhibition reviews and articles that do not appear in the magazine.
Owned and managed by Asian art specialist and author, Ian Alsop from Santa Fe. Specialized articles and many exhibits are included in this on-line journal for the study and exhibition of Asian arts.


International Conference on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) Sponsors spectacular events featuring top-flight exhibitions, lectures and dealers' showings. The website offers detailed information about this year's conference, plus on-line registration forms.
The New England Rug Society (NERS) is an informal, non-profit organization of people interested in enriching their knowledge and appreciation of antique oriental rugs and textiles.

NERS members gather six to eight times each year at meetings which usually feature an outside speaker and focus on a particular theme related to the rug field, with an occasional textile topic included for variety. Meetings are held in various locations in the greater Boston area, depending on the subject. - ALL auctions in one place!

An incredibe resource for exploring the auction world, both current auctions as well as past auctions with realized prices. An indispensible resource for appraisers, collectors and dealers alike!
The Seattle Textile and Rug Society (STARS) is dedicated to increasing knowledge and appreciation of fine rugs and textiles for members and the general public throughout the greater Puget Sound area.  The STARS News is published to STARS members on an occasional basis to announce upcoming events and share information of interest to the STARS community.
Philadelphia Rug and Textile Society (PRTS)
"Dedicated to promoting greater knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of hand-knotted rugs."


American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR)
Listings of rug and textile societies throughout the US and Canada. The ACOR committee organizes popular conferences every two years, with the next scheduled for Seattle in 2004.
Jozan an online rug magazine, with articles, reviews and dealer exhibitions.

TurkoTek a site devoted to collectible weavings, where rug enthusiasts can connect for discussions.

Lemar - Aftaab or is an online magazine featuring cultural articles and news of Afghanistan, written and produced by Afghans now residing outside their country.
The World Wide Weave, a site with some interesting links to educational sites as well as a list of rug societies, etc.
Oriental rug events, articles and links, a site associated with
Barry O'Connell's voluminous site with information about rugs, history, people and places.
A wonderful site hosted by Sam Coad on which international dealers present material.
Book Dealers/Publishers


Dennis Marquand Oriental Rugs and Textile Books. Excellent source for current, out of print, and hard to find rug and textile books.


Oxianna Books a good source of oriental books at reasonable prices.
This is the home page of Oriental Rug Review, a journal of oriental rugs, other textiles and the pertaining literature which was published in the U.S.A. for 15 years, from March, 1981 to March, 1996.
The Textile Museum Shop in Washington, DC, featuring an extensive book list of over 500 titles.


A site promoting the sale of the cd-rom, Bigger is Better - Main Carpets of the Turkmen, documenting an exhibition in New York, April, 2003 subsequent to the 10th International ICOC

Research / Information & Museum Sites 

A site devoted to providing links and resources for research about countries all over the world including Afghanistan.
A site that features interesting links, news, and other resources about Afghanistan.


Silk Road a site devoted to articles on the history, archaeology, politics, art and culture of Inner Asia along the Silk Road. The focus is on Xinjiang and Dunhuang studies.
This website is dedicated to the children and other people of the Pamirs, a region they know as POMIR – “the roof of the world”, although some claim that POMIR means “feet of the sun”. The Pamirs are one of the last "undiscovered" tourist destinations.

Luke Powell has assembled a beautiful collection of photos from far off and remote destinations, incl. Central Asia, Ladakh, Egypt, Ceylon, etc.


Photography of Central Asia a photo resource, with late 19th/early 20th century photos of Central Asia as well as Soviet period photography of the region.


A site to the Cleveland Museum of Art and their holdings of textiles, many of which are ancient Chinese embroideries and kossu textiles.


The de Young Museum site to which this link leads to their textile collection with a search engine of the complete data base of all their holdings.
University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) Department of Anthropology, an excellent resource for information about rugs and textiles 
This website is designed for those interested in the ongoing excavations at Çatalhöyük, Turkey.
An interesting site, , which explores early pre-Buddhist culture that existed in Tibet from the early Iron Age onwards to the 8th century CE.
The International Dunhuang Project, a site devoted to making available online the manuscripts, paintings and artifacts from Dunhuang and other Silk Road sites
A detailed overview of the archaeological site in Pakistan at Harappa, with detailed photos of both the site and objects found there.


An incredible site with a collection of photographs taken more than 30 years ago in the Kabul Museum assembled by Dr.Volker Thewalt, documenting the priceless collection of art that no longer exists.
Oxus articles as well as links to dozens of academic sites devoted to Central Asian cultures: the five ex-Soviet Central Asian republics and China's Xinjiang province.
Richard Wright's site with interesting articles and notes on ancient rugs and textiles


Textile Society of America an organization for textile specialists, including museum professionals. The site offers information on biennial symposia, workshops, publications and membership.
Dealers of Antique Rugs & Textiles, a website owned by Seref Ozen of Cocoon, offering rugs and textiles from the Istanbul bazaar already located in the US


Cocoon owned by Seref Ozen, an Istanbul-based dealer in the Arasta Bazaar.
Tribalchase, an interesting gallery based in Instanbul, owned jointly by Seref Ozen and Mustafa Gokhan Demir, offering a vast array of moderately priced tribal textiles and weavings.
Udo Langauer is a traditional rug dealer in the truest sense of the word, having taken over a business established by his father. Based in Vienna, Austria


Haliden Oriental Carpets, a UK-based rug dealer consortium composed of Owen Perry, Andy Lloyd and Craig Bale, otherwise known as the "Haliden boys".


Herat a Miami-based rug dealer specializing in Persian tribal pieces.


Ron Hort a rug dealer in Minnesota

Clive Rogers Oriental Rugs, a UK-based rug dealer with years of experience in the field as well as in England.


Old Carpet a dealer specializing in Persian rugs and carpets.


Jim Allen, a Tennessee based rug and textile dealer/author/poet 
Bertram Frauenknecht an antique rug/textile dealer in Germany as well as a respected author.
Samarkand, a British based dealer in textiles and weavings, primarily from Persia. Owned and operated by Brian McDonald
David Sorgato, an Italian based dealer specializing in the eclectic including exotic textiles as well as Asian art.
John Collins a dealer specializing in South Persian tribal and village rugs, as well as all types of Bijar rugs from Persian Kurdistan.
A site devoted to selling quality antiques of all sorts, including rugs, as well as paintings, watches, clocks, furniture, silver, etc.
Tribal Trappings, specializing in quality textiles, jewelry and objects from SE Asia, based at the source in northern Thailand.
Sam Coad's new website, Central Asian Antique Textile Art new site operated by Mike and Rie Petras
Emmet Eiland's web site for his rug store, a fixture in Berkeley, CA for many years. The younger brother of Murray Eiland and a dealer in both antique and decorative new rugs.
Dealers of Primitive and Tribal Art
San Francisco Tribal is an association of SF Bay Area dealers dealers in African, Oceanic, Tribal Asian, Pre-Columbian and Native American art.
Ryann Willis offers an array of authentic fine African art and an expertise based upon years of experience from working with her father, James Willis, with the arts.
Zena Kruzick specialises in fine primitive and tribal artifacts from Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, as well as tribal jewelry from Tunisia, Croatia and Papua New Guinea and textiles from Tunisia, Egypt and Indonesia.
Robert Dowling deals in fine art from Africa and Indonesia in addition to pre-Columbian art from the Americas.
Thomas Murray is a private dealer of Asian and Tribal art with an emphasis on Indonesian sculpture and textiles
Friends of Ethnic Art was founded in 1974 to provide a focus in the Bay Area for interest in the traditional arts of the Americas, Africa and Oceania.
Friends and Personal Interests
Terence McKenna (1946-2000) has been studying the ontological foundations of Shamanism and the Ethnopharmacology of spiritual transformation for the past quarter century. An innovative theoretician and spellbinding orator, Terence has emerged as a powerful voice for the psychedelic movement and the emergent societal tendency he calls The Archaic Revival. Poetically dispensing enlightened social criticism and new theories of the fractal dynamics of time, Terence deobfuscates many aspects of the visionary lexicon, and then some.
Goa Gil has a rich psychedelic history Gil grew up in the middle of the San Francisco music scene of the sixties; he then left to journey to India in 1969. Having been a musician all his life and then doing intense Yogic practices with Gurus in the Himalayas he tried to unite the two, (Music and Yoga), into One Spirit befitting this Age. The result was the Goa Full Moon parties, and his concept of "Redefining the Ancient Tribal Ritual for the 21st Century". His focus is in trying to use the party situation as a medium to uplift the consciousness of the participants through the Trance Dance Experience.
Offering a very rare insider’s peek at the world of an ancient tradition of yogis and shamans, BABA - Autobiography of a Blue Eyed Yogi tells the story of an American’s discipleship with these Naga Babas and the struggle to come to grips with a highly esoteric knowledge that is invisible to someone carrying cultural prejudices.

He had to learn Hindi and Sanskrit, overcome opposition as an outsider, and deal with the battle that raged within him as he attempted to reconcile the Western view of India with the reality of its culture and beliefs. Despite overwhelming odds and the mysterious death of his guru, he stayed the course and has remained in India to this day.
Algerian-born DJ Cheb I Sabbah mixes up heady Arabic and Indian sounds into a sitar, tabla and oud tinged groove that is proving popular across Europe and the USA. Sabbah avoids adding the hi-energy house music beats that so many contemporary DJs believe are necessary to make non-Western music forms palatable. Instead, he concentrates on creating a 'trance' groove that is in keeping with much of the music's original spiritual creation. Although Sabbah designs his music for Western dancers his sonic creations are supposed to evoke in the listeners a sense of oneness with the universe rather than simply the soundtrack to designer clubs and expensive restaurants.
Klea McKenna Photography - Klea was raised in Northern California and Hawaii. She recieved her BA from University of California at Santa Cruz, and has also studied at the Art Institute of Florence and UCLA. She has traveled widely on five continents and has lived and worked abroad. Klea is currently working as a freelance photographer and photographer's assistant in San Francisco, California.
Annbritt Olsson is an interior decorator and Feng Shui consultant. As a veteran of the foodservice and interior design industry Annbritt has managed bars, cafes and owned full service restaurants. She has had her own interior decorating shops and managed other art related businesses in various parts of the world. Her professional curiosity, intuitive personality and practical experience enables her to understand the human factors common to the growth and success of every type of service-oriented business.
WHAT THE BLEEP DO WE KNOW?! is a new type of film. It is part documentary, part story, and part elaborate and inspiring visual effects and animations. The protagonist, Amanda, played by Marlee Matlin, finds herself in a fantastic Alice in Wonderland experience when her daily, uninspired life literally begins to unravel, revealing the uncertain world of the quantum field hidden behind what we consider to be our normal, waking reality.
Short Cut To Nirvana is an award- winning documentary about the Kumbh Mela, the oldest, greatest, most fascinating festival on Earth. The Kumbh Mela also happens to be the biggest gathering in human history, attracting 70 million people!

From this incredible event comes a powerful uplifting message of harmony, unity and peace for all humanity. Yet almost no-one outside India has ever heard of the Kumbh Mela or its message. Until now.......
Travellers and Magicians - In the Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, nestled deep in the Himalayas, two men seek to escape their mundane lives. Dondup, an educated university graduate decides that he will be better off picking grapes in the US than working as a government officer in a remote rural village. Tashi, a restless farm youth studying magic, cannot bear the thought of a life consigned to his village. Through a trick of his brother, he is delivered into a dream world of seduction and intrigue. The two men embark on parallel, if separate, journeys.
During the Taliban regime, women were not allowed to work or to leave their homes without a male relative. This meant that widows, with no brothers or male cousins, could not venture out in the public to even feed their families. This situation which is part of the story of "Osama" was a reality for people living under the Taliban. An incredibly realistic and tragically sad depiction of life under the Taliban
The documentary film Born into Brothels, by Ross Kauffman and Zana Briski, has been nominated for Best Documentary for the 77th Academy Awards®. Ross and Zana were in India with the children in the film when the announcement was made. They are "overwhelmed and grateful." "The film has been such an incredible experience for us. It's touched so many people, and it's helping to transform the lives of the kids."

Born into Brothels has won 27 awards in 2004-2005, including the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Best Documentary at the National Board of Review and the LA Critics Awards.
Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced.

If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it.