The Oriental Rug & Textile Society of Great Britain was established in 1977 to encourage enthusiasm and interest in carpets and textiles of Asia and the Middle East. The Society is now concerned with carpets and textiles of the whole world. 


We aim to advance understanding of the processes of 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 Albania, Turkey, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Morocco, France, Armenia, Egypt, India, Iran and, most recently, Kyrgyzstan.

Do join us!


Private visit for Society members to the home of

Professor Paul R. Benjamin to see his collection of South West Persian rugs and bags.

Tuesday 29 June 2021   

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There are limited spaces for this event and it is currently fully booked. To be added to the waiting list, please contact the Society.

In February 2019 Professor Benjamin gave a talk to the Society on his collections, in which he revealed the remarkable range of designs and delightful use of colour used in their weavings by nomadic tribal and village groups in the Fars and Kerman provinces of South-West Persia. This has continued to stimulate his interest and what he has described as ‘somewhat obsessive’ collecting over the last 25 years.  


This visit is an opportunity for ORTS members to see some of that fascinating collection.


Members might also like to refer to Professor Benjamin’s recent article ‘The same but different?’ published in Hali issue 204, Summer 2020, pages 64-73.