I just founded Los Angeles Rug and Textile Group on www.meetup.com
Take a look if you have time: http://www.meetup.com/Los-Angeles-Rug-Textile-Group/
Meetup.com is a good website to find people with the same interests in your area. You can meet them and exchange news and views. It is too bad that we do not have a rug society or association here in Los Angeles.
I am hoping that this group will attract some members and we can meet once a month in our rug gallery.
Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)