Benjamin Mini, the new director of the rugs and carpets at Skinner of Boston.

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Mini brings over two decades of experience buying and selling rugs, textiles and other antiques. During his years as an active collector, he developed a particular interest in woven textiles from the Near East and north Africa, including Anatolia, Persia, the Caucuses and the Maghreb.

Two new regional representatives have joined Bonhams in the US.

Kate Stamm joins the Southeast and Florida region, with a specific focus on Naples and Palm Beach. She was previously a specialist at Hindman Auctions.

Brandon Kennedy joins as regional representative for the state of Texas with a focus on the Dallas and Houston areas. Previously he ran a Dallas gallery for French dealership Galerie Frank Elbaz, where he was a partner and director. Before that he was the director of exhibitor relations at the Dallas Art Fair. He has also worked for Dallas Auction Gallery and Heritage Auctions.