Based in Columbus, Ohio, Fling trained as a structural engineer (and specifically in the design of reinforced concrete buildings) but his private passion was Oriental rugs and textiles. He and his wife Dora published a book Silk Road Splendour where many of the pieces in the sale are illustrated.
The 319 lots will be offered without reserve with estimates starting at $100 but rising to $20,000-30,000 for this 19th century Uzbekistani suzani. A type produced in Samarkand, like several of the finest pieces in the collection it was exhibited at The Textile Museum, Washington, DC in the late 1990s.
It was acquired by Russell Fling from the London dealer Clive Loveless.