The Oriental Rug & Textile Society was initially established in 1977 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in carpets and textiles of the Orient, but the Society is now interested in carpets and textiles of the whole world. 


We advance understanding in the processes making carpets and textiles, and promote knowledge of the traditional centres of weaving through specialist talks and in the pages of our journal.

The Society organises visits to museums, auction houses and private collections. Curators have always been exceptionally generous with their time and expertise, showing us treasures not normally seen by the public. 


Our overseas visits have included trips to Turkey, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Morocco, France, Armenia, Egypt, India (Gujarat), Iran 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...

>>> For the foreseeable future events will be online via the Zoom platform - details will be announced as they become available.


Wed. 21 October 2020

Navajo: A brief survey of the weavings of the Navajo (Anthony Hazledine)

Wed. 18 November 2020

The Column Motif in Ottoman Court Prayer Rugs and Beyond (Stefano Ionescu)

Wed. 16 December 2020

South Kensington Museum's collection of carpets (Jennifer Wearden)


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