Was born in Leningrad. Graduated from the Oriental Faculty of the State Leningrad’s University. Over 30 years worked in the Russian Ethnographic Museum as curator of Central Asian collections, later as curator of Carpet, Felt and Weapons’ Chambers. Specialized on ethnographic textiles of the people of Central Asia, Turkmen carpet weaving in particular. Defended dissertation entitled «Traditional Carpetweaving of the Turkmen as a Historical Source». In 2002 moved to the named after Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MAE). Now is a leading research specialist of the Department of Southern and South West Asia of the MAE; head of the MAE monthly Textile Seminar; curator of the Near Eastern Exhibition and photo collections. For years st
Participant of the International Conferences on Oriental Carpets (ICOC) since 1976, also member and organizer of other numerous conferences on textiles and costume. Member of the International OC of the ICOC since 1978, now also of the Academic Committee. Since 1984 compiling editor of the HALI magazine on Carpet, Textile and Islamic Art (London). Author of over a hundred publications, also lectures on the history of textiles, exhibitions on the culture of the people of Eurasia; organizer and participant of archaeological and ethnographic expeditions to Central Asia, Southern and Western Siberia, and Eastern Europe.
Author of our publication: TURKMEN CARPETS