Antiques Dealers Association of America


!! Friday, November 5, 2021 at The Delaware Antiques Show, Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801 !!

Tickets and additional details to follow soon!

The ADA Award of Merit in recognition of Karen and the late Ralph DiSaia is now scheduled to take place in conjunction with The Delaware Antiques Show, November 5, 2021. We look forward to holding a safe event where we can properly recognize the DiSaia's long involvement with the antiques and art business both as dealers and show managers.

Over their nearly 39-year marriage, Karen and Ralph DiSaia developed and operated Oriental Rugs Ltd., a nationally known source for fine antique Oriental rugs and carpets. Active on the antiques show circuit from its inception, Oriental Rugs Ltd. currently exhibits at events in Washington, DC; Hartford, CT; Newport, RI; Manchester, NH; and Wilmington, DE. The DiSaias also maintained shops in Mystic, Old Lyme and Niantic, CT.

A related business, DiSaia Management, grew out of the couple’s sustained experience as exhibitors and deep commitment to volunteerism. DiSaia Management, which along with Oriental Rugs Ltd. is continued by Karen, manages, singly or with partners, the Washington Winter Show, Objects of Desire, the Connecticut Spring Show, the Antique Garden Furniture Fair, the Philadelphia Show, the Newport Show and Antiques in Manchester. A director and former officer of the ADA, Karen, with Ralph’s support, also managed our own ADA/Historic Deerfield Antiques Show, which took a one year hiatus in 2019 with plans to return to Historic Deerfield for the 2020 season.

“I am deeply honored, as Ralph was, to be chosen for this award. Our work made us strong together. Our volunteerism on behalf of the ADA began in the 1980s with the altruistic belief that dealers could collectively manage their affairs for the betterment of the entire industry. We loved what we did and particularly enjoyed putting the ADA shows together.” Karen DiSaia said. The ADA shared its award decision with Ralph before his death on November 22.

“We are proud to finally honor one of our own for this award. Presently I cannot think of any other members more deserving than Karen and Ralph. For decades they promoted the antiques and art business as dealers, as ADA members and as show promoters — and as ambassadors of professionalism, kindness and having a good time while you’re hard at work,” —ADA president Steven Powers

“The DiSaias are generous, kind and compassionate — a truly amazing couple. They are hugely deserving of this award,” —ADA vice president Arthur Liverant

“To me, Karen and Ralph embody all that is good in this field. They conduct their personal antiques business with integrity and honesty, and are experts on their subject matter…and always willing to learn more. And then they take that work ethic, and use it in their antiques show management business to create successful venues where other dealers could succeed in their businesses, too,” —ADA executive director Judith Livingston Loto

For more information or questions contact ADA Executive Director, Judith Livingston Loto at 603-942-6498 or email

Purchase Tickets On-line:

Tickets are $95.00 each and includes free parking.

or send a check made out to ADA to: PO BOX 218, Northwood, NH 03261

2019 Sponsors:

Antiques & The Arts Weekly

Flather & Perkins Insurance

Skinner, Inc.

The Magazine ANTIQUES

Copley Fine Art Auctions


Past Award of Merit Recipients:

2002 - Albert Sack

2003 - Elinor Gordon

2004 - Wendell Garrett

2005 - Betty Ring

2006 - R. Scudder Smith

2007 - Satenig St. Marie

2007 - Dean F. Failey

2008 - Joe Kindig

2009 - Philip Zea

2010 - Jane & Richard Nylander

2011 - Morrison H. Heckscher

2012 - The American Folk Art Society

2013 - Peter Tillou

2014 - Brock Jobe

2015 - David McCullough

2016 - Victor & Joan Johnson

2017 - Patricia E. Kane

2018 - Peter M. Kenny

2019 - Laura Beach

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