HISTORIC ITEMS

This archive page contains links to selected previous talks and items mainly of historic interest.

Sumatran Songket Weaving

Sumatran Songket Weaving

Bernhard and Erika Bart have their own project to revitalise the art of silk brocade weaving “Songket”. They talk about their work, research, and the culture in which they live.

James Henry Green

James Henry Green

Helen Mears – The James Henry Green Collection at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery In this talk, Helen Mears introduces the collection and talks about its relevance to Kachin people in and outside Burma/Myanmar.

Mamluk Carpets

Mamluk Carpets

“The Kaleidoscopic World of Mamluk Carpets” - A PowerPoint presentation of a lecture given by Roberta Marin on 24th February 2016. Content available by permission from the author via the Society.

Textiles of Sumatra

Textiles of Sumatra

“Textiles of Sumatra: Traditional Cloth from the Island of Gold” - Lecture by Lesley Pullen (audio and slides)

Jerry Adams Letters

Jerry Adams Letters

Correspondence from the Karachi based Ballouch rug expert from 1980s and 1990s. The views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by Clive Rogers or The Oriental Rug & Textile Society (GB)

A talk by David Rosier

A talk by David Rosier

David provides explanations for the more common design themes from dragon imagery to the use of images from nature. In particular he focuses on the highly decorative clothing of high ranking Chinese Ladies and considers the design of items such as collars, skirt and sleeve panels. In addition he reviews dress accessories and includes items attached to robe belts (purses, fragrance pouches, fan cases), hats and kingfisher feather jewellery 15 Dec 2014

British Museum

British Museum

British Museum trade card records of carpet merchants and manufacturers - Assembled by Christopher Coles

Rugs and Textiles of Ladakh

Rugs and Textiles of Ladakh

Dr Ken Teague's talk on the “Rugs and Textiles of Ladakh” including Monastery Festival (Cham) Dance Costumes Ken taught Buddhist Art at the British Museum for four years after retiring as Curator for the Asian Collections at the Horniman Museum. He is currently engaged in research following two study trips to Ladakh. His publications include “Metalcrafts of Central Asia”, “Nomads”, and “Growing Up in Ancient China”.

Rug Books Categorised

Rug Books Categorised

A number of lists of rug and textile books provided by Wesley Marquand

English Inventories 1444-1649

English Inventories 1444-1649

These inventories have been gathered from a number of sources: Mark Overton's bibliography of inventories, the Public Record Office, Guildhall Library, the Orphans' Court Register, footnotes of secondary sources,the index of the library of the Society of Antiquaries, word-of- mouth recommendations. The three Italian inventories, italics, are for comparison and to reinforce certain arguments in the text. The extracts are centred around ownership of carpets.

Chinese Sample Rugs

Chinese Sample Rugs

Circa 1920

Oxianna

Oxianna

OXIANNA EX LIBRIS - List of rug books etc.

Port Records

Port Records

Record Books for Port of London 1621-1635 vessels with carpets by Dimity Spiller

Hand Library

Hand Library

Recommendations for a “Hand Library” on Oriental Carpets and Rugs

Britannia and her Carpets

Britannia and her Carpets

Cartouche from John Doharty’s Plan of Kidderminster of 1753 Image courtesy of: Birmingham Central Library

Cutler Street early 20th C

Cutler Street early 20th C

Introduction to the Port of London warehouse complex at Cutler Street Carpet Wholesale Market until 1973

Oriental Carpet Suppliers

Oriental Carpet Suppliers

Oriental Carpet Suppliers in GB & Eire 1792-1951 This following list is by no means complete or authoritative and is continually updated. Fresh information and supplements to existing records are most welcome. Dates are especially needed. Clive Rogers 2014

Customs Seals

Customs Seals

Explanation about Import Customs Seals and Misc Importers Labels on Carpets

Cutler Street (Part II)

Cutler Street (Part II)

Documented and Indexed List of Wholesalers and Importers 1918-1939

Cutler Street (Part III)

Cutler Street (Part III)

Part III - Documented and Indexed List of Wholesalers and Importers 1945-1973

GB Carpet Factories (Part I)

GB Carpet Factories (Part I)

Notes on Historic British and Irish Hand-Made Carpet Factories

GB Carpet Factories (Part II)

GB Carpet Factories (Part II)

Notes on Historic British and Irish Hand-Made Carpet Factories

Set Sail for the Levant

Set Sail for the Levant

Extracts from the Levant Company Ledgers by Dimity Spiller

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