Persian Rug Expert and Debut of Bibler Rug Collection
Apr 22, 2011

Persian Rug Expert and Debut of Entire Bibler Rug Collection Kick Off Spring Home and Garden Tours

Proceeds to benefit FVCC Student Scholarships and Programs

       Each spring since 2004, the Bibler Foundation has partnered with the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation to offer intimate tours of the Bibler Home and Gardens as a scholarship and program fundraiser for the college.  The home is filled with an exquisite collection of antiques, sculptures and heirloom Persian carpets and is surrounded by tens of thousands of tulips and daffodils accented with ponds, waterfalls, fountains, wooden foot bridges and other calming touches.  With the exception of privately arranged tours, the home and gardens are accessible only through the college Foundation tours during select weekends in May and during the last week in July when the gardens’ summer flowers are in full bloom.

This Mother’s Day weekend, the Bibler Home and Gardens will debut to tour goers its complete internationally-recognized collection of exquisite Persian tribal rugs never before seen in its entirety.  In conjunction with the collection’s premiere, published Persian Rug expert James Opie of Portland, Ore., who worked with the late Sam and Jean Bibler to establish the root of their collection, will be at the Bibler home to help kick off the spring tours.

“Having Mr. Opie here along with the release of the entire Bibler rug collection is an extremely rare opportunity,” said Bibler Home and Gardens Manager Rande Simon.  “This is an unprecedented invitation to see a world-class Persian Tribal Rug collection with examples dating from the late 18th century to the early 19th century and meet the author who literally wrote ‘the books’ on Persian tribal rugs.”

In addition to Opie authoring two richly illustrated volumes now considered textbooks on the origins of design motifs in Persian tribal weavings, Opie composed an article featuring the Bibler tribal rug collection that was published in the summer 2010 Hali, the London-based, world-recognized publication dedicated to exotic rugs and weavings. 

“I really don’t think the people of our community grasp how special this collection is,” Simon said.  “Having Mr. Opie here makes this a truly special occasion and one which may never be repeated.”

In conjunction with the exclusive rug tour by Opie, the Mother’s Day weekend kick-off events will feature a champagne brunch prepared and served by the college’s culinary arts students.  Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through the gardens and relax in the Bibler Home.

The kick-off events will take place May 7 and 8 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $75 each and limited to adults 21 years of age and over.

The spring events will continue May 14 and 15 featuring guided tours of the Bibler Home and Gardens at 10 a.m. and at noon.  The tours will be one-and-one-half hours in length and will include opportunities to address questions to the Bibler’s head gardener.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $3 for children.

That same weekend, a special two-hour tour will be offered at 2 p.m. each day featuring the opportunity to view the complete Bibler rug collection in addition to the home and gardens.  Tickets for the special tours are $20 per person.

Tickets for all tours are limited and must be purchased in advance through the Flathead Valley Community College Foundation Office by calling (406) 756-3963 or by visiting  Proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit student scholarships and programs at Flathead Valley Community College.