past tours

Lebanon, Kuwait, Doha & Jordan (optional) – from 29 March, 2019

The program is incredibly dense in terms of cultural content: wonderful ancient sites, and two of the best Islamic Art collections in the world: The Al Sabah Collection in Kuwait and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (See Michael Franses, A Museum of Masterpieces, HALI 155) 

In the style of the past tours, we will meet museum curators, reputable dealers, carpet collectors and people who love sharing their knowledge. Food, wine (where possible) and accommodation have been carefully selected. The tour (except for Petra, in Jordan) does not involve walking for long distances.

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Study Tour to Transylvania & Bukovina, 5-14 June, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Study Tour to Transylvania & Bukovina was organised in cooperation with Carpet Collector magazine. This is a very special moment for the country since Klaus Johannis, formerly the major of Sibiu, has been elected President of Romania. We visited the most attractive places in and around Bucharest, in Transylvania and in Bukovina: art museums, fortified churches, painted monasteries, Royal palaces, medieval castles and pristine nature in the Carpathians. We also meet Lutheran pastors, Orthodox priests, art collectors, museum curators, scholars and restores. Guiding by top experts on Ottoman Classical Carpets (over 200 examples), Romanian folk kilims and textiles, post Byzantine embroideries.

*Professional photos by Eduard Baak, Brasov.


Private visit to the Black Church, Brasov
Private visit to the Black Church, Brasov*


“Tim and I want to thank you so much for arranging yet another fabulous tour.  We can’t tell you how much we appreciated all of your hard work on our St. Petersburg excursion!

Thanks again. ”

Tim & Penny Hayes



Transylvanian tours 2004 – Marilyn R. Wolf reports

October 2004: rug-tour to Budapest. See report

Marilyn Wolf writes: Transyvaniacs met again in Budapest under the intrepid guidance of ‘Il Professore’, the ever-scholarly Alberto Boralevi, the indefatigable Stefano Ionescu, and aided by the wonderfully erudite Professor Ferenc Batári. Some 22 Italians and three Americans continued the on the trail of the “Hungarian” Transylvanians during 14 – 17 November 2004.

We were privileged to search the storage of the Applied Arts Museum, where we saw some beautifully conserved and maintained Transylvanians. We saw the breathtaking “Crevelli” on view at the Nagyteteny Castle and marvelled at the Transylvanians on public view at the Hungarian National Museum.

April 2004: rug-tour to Transylvania. See report