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.
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SPRING TERM 2020
Wed. 27 May 2020
Online: Show & Tell
SUMMER TERM 2020
In view of current government guidelines surrounding coronavirus, ORTS is forced to postpone all events this summer.
These include the planned visits to Brighton and Lewes (16 & 17 June), the Summer Lunch Party (05 July) and proposed AGM.
Precise rescheduled dates and alternative arrangements will be announced in due course.
AUTUMN TERM 2020
Wed. 21 October 2020
Navajo: A brief survey of the weavings of the Navajo (Anthony Hazledine)
Wed. 18 November 2020
Carpets and Textiles in Persian Painting: 15th and early 16th centuries (Eleanor Sims)
Wed. 16 December 2020
South Kensington Museum's collection of carpets (Jennifer Wearden)