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


We advance understanding in 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 Turkey, Romania, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Morocco, France, Armenia, Egypt, India, Iran and, most recently, Kyrgyzstan.


FILM: People of the Wind

24 FEBRUARY 2021 at 6pm.  Members will be sent an invitation to view via a Zoom link

People of the Wind is a 1976 film about the Bakhtiari migration.


Antony Wynn, author of Three Camels to Smyrna about the history of OCM, will preside.

Every spring, nomadic pastoralists from the Bakhtiari, famous for their textiles, undertake a gruelling journey across the Zagros mountains to find new pastures. They face challenges from the difficult terrain, snow and fording torrents, as well celebrating weddings and mediating personal conflicts.  


The film is a sequel to Grass, made in 1925, and features descendants of the same Bakhtiari on the same migration over the Karun river and the Zardeh Kuh mountains.  It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 110 minutes

A trailer for the film is available at

Antony Wynn in elements of Bakhtiari dress

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