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Old March 16th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #4
Marek Szymanowicz
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Kraków, Poland
Posts: 12

Hallo Again

Thank you Filiberto. It's an honour to be here with you all and I'm sure that I will be able to learn a lot from you, if there will be some knowledge that I can give to You - it'll be my pleasure.

But back to the "Palac Pod Blachą" story..... I'll do my best to keep it short thou you can make a movie out of it

Mrs Teresa Sahakian born in 1915 in Warsaw, Poland, married to well older Armenian with a Persian Passport, George Sahakian who escapped from Stalinism in Moscow and started to work for National Museum in Warsaw. An economist, businessman and Art Collectour he was.
In 1940 as the beggining of the WWII came thanks to persian passports they could run away from occupied Poland taking whole collection with them and all the time thinking how to hide it and not to lose even a piece from it.
They moved to Vienna but as soon as the Soviets were coming closer with plans of occupying the city, they decided to move again and hide in some little village were they were living in a flat with more than 500 carpets hidden everywhere.
After many many adventures, the end of war came and in 1948 Sahakians landed in Brussels. They sold few of their most precious rugs and invested the money in importing carpets via Hamburg and London and established a carpet shop. In 1973 Teresa was tittled an expert by Chambre des Antiquaires de Belgique and Chambre Belge des Experts en Oeuvres d'Art.
She was offered accomodation in Yverdon castle in Switzerland in exchange for establishing a found to exhibit her collection there but she never agreed on such offers. Many times was also asked to sell her goods but as she always answered: Selling this staff would make me rich but what would I do with the money? - You want me to eat two dinners every day?

In the beggining of 90' she established a "Teresa Sahakian Foundation" and she donated more than 500 rugs and carpets to the Royal Castle in Warsaw. After she passed away in her small flat in Brussels in December 2007 other group of carpets, rugs and other oriental and european art works joined the collection in Warsaw which is presented in Palac Pod Blacha - a branch of Royal Palace in Warsaw (Zamek Królewski w Warszawie). The collection consists of 579 objects of which 562 are textiles.

Here are some pictures I could find in the net. I have a catalogue of one of the exhibitions but it was caucasians only and there is lot lot more to see.

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