ORRA Announces Event Schedule For July Market

The Oriental Rug Retailers Association (ORRA) will sponsor a range of educational events for the upcoming rug market, outlined below. For more information, visit www.orrainc.com or call 804-270-3195.
Friday July 13, 2012 – 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
“In the Dragons’ Shadow: Dragon Rugs and the Legacy of their Patterns”
Presented by Paul Ramsey, CRA.

A fascinating glimpse into the foggy notions of the Dragon rugs of Azerbaijan (the Caucasus and northwest Iran), and how have they been a source of inspiration for many later rugs from this area. We will look at the origins of dragon rugs, understand their basic
patterns, and look at their influence into 19th and 20th Century Kazak and other Caucasian designs. Paul, a long time ORRA member, has been a retailer and importer of rugs for over 35 years, travelling widely in Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. He prefers to think of himself, with respect to rugs generally, tribal rugs and dragon rugs, as regionally and even internationally un-known. He is currently learning Chinese, and Chinese calligraphy, and studies ancient Chinese poetry.

Friday July 13 – 1:00 p.m.
“Knot To Be Missed IV” Presenter: Phil Menendian and a panel of rug appraisers.
AmericasMart Building 1, 4th Floor. Seminar Room 4-B-1
In their ongoing efforts at educating their members, ORRA will continue a program that is geared toward helping members pass the CRA exam. Phil will focus on a specific group of rugs with which many test takers have had difficulty. Numerous pieces will be examined and the differences go into in depth by our panel of experts. The seminar will also involve
showing a half dozen or so types of rugs that were the most often incorrectly identified in the CRA exam. What is it? Why they are what they are and how to recognize them in the future will be discussed by our expert panel. If you have a specific area of interest or difficulty, please let us know when you register and we will do our best to address the rug(s) in question. To register please send your contact information to orraarnold@verizon.net “Knot To Be Missed IV” will be held in Building 1, 4th Fl., Room 4-B-1

Friday July 13 – 3:00 p.m.
Walk the Market with Phil Presenter: Phil Menendian, CRA
Building (1) Floor 4, meet in front of Rm. 4-B-1 for the tour

A guided tour through select Market showrooms led by ORRA’s Education Chairman Phil Menendian. This is a fun and informative tour that’s a great opportunity to learn about new innovations in today’s market.

Saturday, July 14 – 12:30 p.m.
ORRA Certified Rug Appraiser’s Exam*-ORRA Tips on Proper Rug Appraisal Techniques Presenter: Phil Menendian, CRA * Open to ORRA members only. Phil will enumerate on the mechanics of an appraisal. Building (1) Floor 4, Rm 4-B-1.

Saturday, July 14 – 1:00 p.m.
ORRA Certified Rug Appraiser’s Exam*
Phil Menendian Education Chairman of ORRA will administer this exam.
Building (1) Floor 4, Room 4-B-1.* Open to ORRA members only.

This certification is generally accepted by the U.S. banking and court systems as well as the U.S. Customs Dept., the I.R.S. and major insurance companies. Members will
be tested on historical and technical knowledge of handknotted rugs as well as proper identification of 40 Oriental rugs onsite. To register and for more information see www.orrainc.com or call/e-mail ORRA at 804-270-3195 or orraarnold@verizon.net.

Saturday, July 14 – 4:00 p.m.
Oriental Rug Review – CRA Re-Certification*
Immediately following the CRA Exam Building (1) Floor 4, Room 4-B-1

Discussion and examination of Oriental rugs for re-certification of the CRA.
*Current ORRA CRA’s should re-certify every 5 years. Contact ORRA at 804-270-3195 or orraarnold@verizon.net or for more information or to register for events Also see www.orrainc.com

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