About Stella Rubin
Stella Rubin has been buying and selling antiques, specializing in American quilts, since 1976.
She has sold to most of the major museums in the United States, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Smithsonian Institution; Colonial Williamsburg; The DAR; the International Quilt Study Center and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Stella's interest in textiles is not limited to quilts. As President of the Marvin and Sylvia Rubin Family Foundation, she initiated and oversaw a program in the remote Mexican village of Xochistlahuaca, working with backstrap loom weavers. Members of the cooperative were known for their weaving skill but lacked the experience to create products that would appeal outside of their indigenous community. A three year program helped the weavers modify their products to increase sales and win prizes in Mexico and the US. They also sell through their Facebook page, La Flor de Xochistlahuaca. The program was so successful that it was followed by similar programs with two additional weaving cooperatives.
Stella met her first quilt when she was an undergraduate in Washington DC and boarding her horse at an old farmhouse in Potomac, Maryland that was filled with antiques. It was love at first sight. In the long journey since that first meeting, her enthusiasm for quilts has never waned. She finds the variety of patterns and interpretations, color and stitchery, endlessly fascinating.
She is the author of Miller's "Treasure or Not: How to Compare and Value American Quilts." In addition to quilts and other textiles, Stella has a secondary specialty in fine design gold and silver jewelry.
During her decades in the antiques business, she has participated in most of America's most prestigious antiques shows including: The Philadelphia Antique Show, The Delaware Antique Show; The Museum of American Folk Art Antique Show and the New Hampshire Antique Show. Stella is glad to work with you whether you're selecting an individual piece or forming a collection. She represents a wide range of quilts, from the finest to the funkiest. We welcome you to her gallery in Maryland as well as to this website, stellarubin.com