Skinner appoints new director of fine oriental rugs & carpets


BOSTON, Mass. – Skinner Inc. announces the appointment of Lawrence Kearney as director of the Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets Department.

Lawrence-KearneyKearney comes to Skinner after more than three decades as a dealer in antique carpets and textiles. Considered an authority in the field, he possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of regions, periods and genres, from American hooked rugs to European tapestries to Song Dynasty textiles. From 1983 to 1987, Kearney served as the features editor of The Oriental Rug Review, where he also contributed auction reports and an occasional column of “advice for the rug-lorn.” Since 2003, he has served as an adjunct instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching a number of courses on Oriental and tribal rugs.

In addition to Oriental rugs and carpets of both tribal and workshop production from several regions and eras, Kearney’s areas of expertise include European tapestries, velvets, brocades and needlepoints, American hooked and yarn-sewn rugs, quilts and coverlets, Navajo and Andean weavings, Southeast Asian textiles and Ancient late Classical works.

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Kearney also has a distinguished background in letters and is an American poet of note. He is the author of “Kingdom Come,” a volume of poetry that includes “The Heaven of Full Employment,” and is a recipient of poetry fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of New York and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass. He has taught poetry and composition at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Kearney earned degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Arizona. He is certified in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation.

Skinner’s next auction of Fine Oriental Rugs & Carpets will take place in March 2014. For recent auction results or upcoming highlights, visit