|The owner of this website
business is also an author, textile researcher, lecturer, fiber artist and former university teacher.
Heres a little of her background.
Marla's academic research has focused on Oriental rug and flat weave design evolution. She has presented papers at international ICOC carpet conferences in Vienna, San Francisco, Hamburg, Philadelphia, Milan and Washington, and has conducted focus sessions at ACOR (American Conference on Oriental Rugs) meetings in Santa Monica, San Francisco and Seattle. She has lectured to numerous museum, university and weavers' groups, and has made presentations to rug societies in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.
Oriental Rug Review and Oriental Carpet and Textile Studies have included Marla's articles and papers. These have ranged from technical discussions, to treatises on design evolution, to an exposé of probable archaeological fraud. In 1998 she published a guidebook on Oriental rug and flat weave construction, Woven Structures, hoping to increase understanding of basic weaving techniques among collectors, curators and dealers. A second edition was published in 2000. Structural questions that have surfaced since that time are addressed in the WOVEN STRUCTURES UPDATE pages of this website.
Marla brings an academic background in fine arts along with practical weaving experience to the field of antique and ethnographic textiles. She attended the University of Iowa, where she received BFA (magna cum laude) and MA degrees in Fine Arts. She taught fiber arts classes at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and at the Atlanta University Center Colleges in Georgia.
For over 20 years, she operated a weaving studio, focusing on structural design and producing large commissioned wall hangings for public and private buildings. Her fiber art won numerous awards and was featured in countless city, state, regional and national exhibitions.
Marla has dealt in antique and ethnographic textiles
since 1976, at first placing this fiber art through the interior designers and architects
who had been commissioning her own weavings. Her clientele gradually
extended to private collectors. Over the past 34 years, Marla has traveled extensively in the Middle East
to search for outstanding textiles and to study nomadic and village weaving
practices. Recently her textile searches have taken her to Southeast Asia. She does restoration work occasionally on pieces sold
through the business, as time permits.
"The Terminology Tangle: Another View," Oriental Rug Review, Vol. V, No. 10, pp. 7-9. Posted here.