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Dear folks

I have a great many photographs from ACOR 8. Some are of complete exhibitions and we will conspire to put them up in some reasonable (maybe abbreviated) form eventually.

Meanwhile there are quite a few snippets, mostly people taken at receptions and pieces taken at the dealers' fair. I'm going to put some of these up in no particular order, saying what I can (I'll likely misspell some names or even get them completely wrong) but mostly just giving you things to enjoy.

Here is a Turkish village rug that may be the last piece I photographed on dealers' row.

I love wide borders and think its red medallion on a navy field very effective. Gauchely beautiful to me.

The photo below is of Sylvia Bergstrom, a Washington, DC collector.

Sylvia did not enter the costume party at this reception but still managed to show her colors very effectively.

The image below is of the best saf I saw at ACOR 8. It actually has three vertical tiers but the booth only allowed for the display of two of them.

Here's a closer look at one of its niched compartments.

The picture below is of the Rismans of Indianapolis.

They give new and richer meaning to the expression "handsome couple." Erik, despite the distance, was the co-chair of ACOR 8.

The piece below is from the Jeff Spurr Central Asian exhibition as that was being set up. I think it is an item of Lakai embroidery.

Here, below, is an image of Mae Festa, a Connecticut collector (especially of small exquisite pieces) who worked hard helping Jeff get his 140 pieces up in a very short time frame.

The piece below hung in the dealers' fair and attracted my camera.

I liked the nice, clean austerity of its design. Turkish, I think. Someone else may say more.

I apologize for not having at hand, the name of the brightly-costumed lady in the photograph below, but she is a person of note in the rug world.

She is the head of rug department at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The dealer row piece below was a lovely Senneh.

The drawing in the field is delicate

The edge of the field treatment and the borders are also nicely, delicately drawn.

A deal underway while the lady was alerted by my camera.

Lots of Memling guls and dramatic reciprocals in the piece below.

Finally, for this segment of the after-images I have from ACOR 8, is this photo of Bruce Baganz and Daniel Walker enjoying the first night's dealers' row reception.

And, of course, it's hard to have too many images of a belly dancer. Or at least that's the male view.


R. John Howe

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