For more than 40 years ORRA has been the only national organization working to promote ethical practices in the Oriental rug business. Providing member and consumer education as well as specialized Oriental rug appraisers certification, we strive to combat the spread of misinformation about and the misrepresentation of hand made rugs. For more information about our members and certified appraisers please look on our member list here. And remember, the more you know about Oriental rugs, the more you trust your ORRA dealer.
At one point during today's auction at Sotheby's New York the auctioneer, Mary Jo Otsea, laughed after misstating a bid for $16 million as $16,000. "I'm not used to this" she said, and the crowd laughed with her. By the time the bidding was done on that particular lot a new record for the most expensive Oriental rug in the world had been set with the sale of a 17th century Persian Kerman for $33,765,000.
Once again, on Saturday July 13, 2013 at Atlanta’s AmericasMart, ORRA will present its Certified Oriental Rug Appraiser’s Exam. The test will consist of two parts; the first half is written and the second half is rug identification. No amount of last minute cramming can prepare a candidate for this exam. The knowledge and expertise must come from years of learning and hands on experience. In an effort to help our members, ORRA offers educational seminars on Friday July 12 beginning at 1 p.m.
We’re Not Waiting for Change…We’re Doing the Changing
Three markets have come and gone: Atlanta in July, New York in September and High Point in October. No doubt about it, we’re in a tough market place and we all have to fight for every inch or square foot. Our importers have put forth great showings in all markets and retain the positive attitudes necessary to sustain our industry into the future.
In July 2012 International Area Rug Show in Atlanta, Ga., The Oriental Rug Retailers of America offered their annual certification exam for rug appraisers. The exam is a comprehensive testing of rug history, geography, techniques and rug types. It is divided into two parts: the written section consisting of true/false, short answer and essay type questions is followed by a close examination of 35-40 rugs of which details as to make, origin and age must be accurately given. The two parts can be taken (and passed) separately.
ORRA Seminar and Certified Rug Appraiser's Exam Schedule set for the July 12 -15, 2012 International Area Rug Show
ORRA Seminar and Certified Rug Appraiser's Exam Schedule set for the July 12 - 15, 2012 International Area Rug Show at AmericasMart in Atlanta, GA. www.americasmart.com. If you're interested in furthering your knowledge of Oriental Rugs, an ORRA member who wishes to add Oriental Rug Appraiser to your credentials, and/or would like to learn about some of the latest innovations in the Rug Market, then plan to join us at this year's July Market. CRA exam is open to ORRA members only.