Ralph Kaffel left a legacy to rug connoisseurship well beyond the fabled collection he and his wife Linda assembled over the past forty years. His steadfast curiosity led him to amass an extensive research library, write noteworthy articles and books, and organize important exhibitions and conferences. The world-wide rug community became more enlightened because of Ralph’s insightful and enduring contributions. With over 230 lots sold for more than $2 million, and a 97% sell-through rate, The Kaffel Collection Auction demonstrated the demand for a collection of this magnitude and caliber. The top lot of the day was a rich red Azerbaijan Rug from the late 18th century, selling for $89,600. With bidders from 23 countries and 35 states, rug enthusiasts worldwide competed fiercely to take home a piece of Ralph and Linda Kaffel’s impressive and well-documented collection.
Rug experts Mary Jo Otsea, Elisabeth Parker, and Michael B. Grogan discuss The Kaffel Collection. The panelists will shared personal stories from their remarkable careers, reflected on their time spent working with the Kaffels, and engaged in a discussion about highlights of the collection. Please see the recording below.