The Oriental Rug & Textile Society was established in 1977 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in the carpets and textiles of the Orient; and now of the whole world. We also aim to advance understanding of the processes involved in their creation and to promote knowledge of the traditional centres of weaving...


The Society organises visits to museums, dealers and private collections. Amongst many we have been granted sight of specific collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Kimonos at the British Museum, Textiles from Dunhuang at the Victoria and Albert Museum. At the Burrell Museum, Glasgow, we were shown their Suzanis being conserved. We visited the fabulous Keir Collection in Ham, Surrey before it was bequeathed to the Berlin Museum. Curators have always been exceptionally generous with their time and expertise, showing us treasures not normally seen by the public. 


Trips abroad have included Iran, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Morocco, France, Armenia, Egypt, Indian (Gujarat), Northern Iran, Myanmar (Burma) and most recently, Kyrgyzstan.

Our EVENTS page has the full listings of our current programme as well as past activities. Join with an annual MEMBERSHIP to enjoy newsletters, lectures and upcoming trips...

Winter Term 2020

Thu. 23 January 2020

Bhutanese textiles: Ritualistic and Everyday textiles of Bhutan | Zara Fleming

Wed. 19 February 2020

Carpets from from Tarim Basin and Tibet | Markus Voigt

Wed. 18 March 2020

Film Night: People of the Wind (1976) | Anthony Wynn


Spring Term 2020

Wed. 22 April 2020

From Sarong to Sari | Rabindranath Tagore

Wed. 27 May 2020

AGM / Show & Tell


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