Shmuel Ben David studied under Boris Schatz at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria. He immigrated to Jerusalem in 1906 when Schatz founded the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts. Ben David established and taught in the department of carpet design until 1912.  
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