I have been dealing in antique and old tribal rugs, dowry weavings and decorative carpets from the Near East and Central Asia since 1979.
From 1972-1977 I lived and worked in Iran, spending the best part of a year amongst two tribal groups, the Afshar of Kerman province and the Qashqa’i of Fars, making me fortunate enough to be one of the few world dealers to have spent time ‘in the field’. I also travelled extensively throughout Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey and in 1990 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society for my work amongst the Persian Tribes. I have returned to Iran several times in recent years, travelling, sourcing and collecting exclusive weavings.
I have been a lecturer for NADFAS (The Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) since 1986. The second edition of my book Tribal Rugs – Treasures of the Black Tent was reprinted in April 2010 and sadly went out of print in September 2014. I am hoping an up-dated re-print will be forthcoming this year.
For 16 years I owned the well reputed Samarkand Galleries in Stow-on-the-Wold, eventually selling the premises in 2005. Today, I continue to work from my base in the English Cotswolds as a dealer, consultant and lecturer, always stocking an exquisite inventory of antique rugs, dowry bags and carpets from the tribes and villages of Persia, Turkey, Afghanistan and Central Asia. What is extremely important to me is quality rather than quantity.
I actively travel throughout the UK sourcing exceptional pieces for clients throughout the world. I am continually ‘finding’ quality antique stock and the items illustrated on this website are by no means my entire inventory. Therefore, if you are looking for something specific, please do not hesitate to let me know your requirements and I will contact you with photographs and ideas to help you find that truly special piece.