Symposium and Book Launch

Organised by

April 6th –7th, 2018

Location: Austria Auction Company
Palais Breuner
Singerstraße 16, 1010 Vienna



The Handmade Rug in the 21. Century


Thursday, April 5th

Press Conference and presentation of the new book
“The Handemade Carpet”
A comprehensive guide to contemporary rugs
by Fritz Langauer and Ernst A. Swietly


Friday, April 6th

Series of lectures by leading international experts
about the handmade carpet in the 21st century.
Plus podium discussions.

10:00 -10:30 am: Rugs in the U.S. Interior Design Market—Trends & Outlook
Alix G. Perrachon, Interior Designer aus New York/USA,
decorative rug consultant to the U.S. interior design trade,
speaker, and author of The Decorative Carpet,
former Editor of The Oriental Rug Magazine and contributing author on Area,
has been involved in the handmade rug industry since 1981
when she worked as Hali’s American Associate Editor.

10:45-11:15 am: Mutation of the Carpet Trade in the USA
Rob Leahy, Charlotte/USA,
Founder and owner of 
"Fine Rugs of Charleston - USA",
former president of the ORRA, leading society of rugexperts and retailers.
Founder of Impact Carpet  Association, USA

11:30-12:15 am: Changes and future prospect in the countries of origin
Fritz Langauer, Senior partner of Oritop


2 - 2:30 pm: Nepal – overlook and actuality today
Stefan Drechsle, Lörrach, Gallerist and Nepal connaisseur 

 2:45-3:15 pm: The Retail Trade in Europe
Tim Steinert, Editor of Carpet XL
Tim Steinert, is chief editor of the periodical "Carpet XL" since 2007.
He founded the specialist journal "Carpet Collector". (first issue 2012)
The publications address antique rug enthusiasts and connoisseurs of textile art.
Steinert is in the business since 1997.

3:30- 4:00 pm: Introduction of Care & Fair
Peter Fliegner of Care & Fair

Subsequently Panel discussion


Saturday, April 7th

10am – 4pm: Workshop on vegetable dyes
with Michael Bischof
5:00pm Austria Auction Company Antique Rug Auction, Udo Langauer

Registration contact:
David Young
Phone: +44 (0)20 3727 4945


"The Handmade Carpet"
A comprehensive guide to contemporary rugs

by Fritz Langauer and Ernest A. Swietly
320pp. hardback book published by Hali Publications in
German and English and distributed by ACC Distribution 

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