Arts of the Middle East, including Persian Carpets and Rugs

Expert: Dr Susan Scollay.

Susan Scollay is an art historian and curator with extensive international experience, having studied and lived in the United Kingdom, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States of America. She is widely travelled in the Islamic world and since 1984 has done most of her research work in Turkey, allowing her to base herself in Istanbul on a regular basis and regard the vibrant city as her ‘second home’.  In 2012 she completed her Ph.D. at La Trobe University, Melbourne, writing a cultural history of the lost 15th-century Ottoman palace at Edirne/Adrianople. Susan was specialist guest co-curator of the manuscript exhibition, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, from March to July, 2012 and again at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, November 2012 to April 2013. She also edited the exhibition publication, now in its second printing. She is a contributing editor to the prestigious, London-based journal, HALI: Carpet, Textile and Islamic Art, and has numerous other publications. Susan is currently an elected Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the International Association of Historians of Islamic Art. She is a regular lecturer and consultant to museums in Australia and overseas and, for more than a decade, has led special interest study tours to Turkey, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Artvisory offers services that include:

  • Single-owner collection auctions held in Australia
  • Auctions and exhibitions of arts from the ancient cultures of the Middle-East
  • International sale and acquisition advice
  • Forming a collection and selling a collection
  • Fixed-price selling exhibitions through our gallery
  • Insurance valuations
  • Probate, family division and estate management valuations

Contact Artvisory now to make an appointment to discuss our Persian Rugs and Textiles department services.