Summer Programme 2018

Wednesday 11th April 2018 at 7pm - St. James Piccadilly

“Pile Carpets and Flat-weaves from the Silk Road in the First Millennium CE”

A talk by Dr Helen Persson

Dr Helen Persson will talk on the “Pile Carpets and Flat-weaves from the Silk Road in the First Millennium CE” from Sir Aurel Stein’s unique collection of textile fragments in the Victoria and Albert Museum. She will also discuss those held in the British Museum and National Museum in New Delhi.  Similar fragments in private collections in Europe and finds from recent excavations in China will also be discussed.

Helen Persson was a curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum for 14 years, and now at the Nordic Museum in Stockholm, Sweden. Helen has lectured internationally and widely published on the V&A Stein collection, and is involved in a major international project based around the Silk Road.

Tuesday 24th April at 6pm at Christie's, 8 King Street, St. James's, London SW1Y 6QT

Invitation from Louise Broadhurst, Director, International Head of Department, Oriental Rugs & Carpets, Christie's

Christie's would like to invite a small group of ORTS members for a welcome drink and a private gallery tour of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds at Christie's.

Please RSVP to Louise Teague as spaces are limited.

*** Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 6.30pm - St. James Piccadilly ***

ORTS AGM - Starting earlier at 6.30pm

Followed by a short talk by the ORTS 2017 Awards winner Gwendolen Dupré “Looking beyond Silk to Symbolism” - an explanation of Chinese textile traditions

Then Show and Tell with Clive Rogers who will review rugs and textiles brought by members for discussion.

*** Wed 20th June 2018 at 6.30pm at St. James Piccadilly ***

FILM NIGHT - Starting earlier at 6.30pm

Antony Wynn, who spent many years living in rural Iran, will be showing two films about the migration of the Bakhtiari tribes.  The first one “Grass” is a classic silent film made in 1925 by three Americans who made their way across Turkey and Iraq to meet the Bakhtiari in their winter quarters  and follow them and their flocks over swollen rivers and up over snow-covered mountain passes to reach their summer pastures.  It is a very dramatic film and shows clearly how tough life was for the nomads in those days.

The second film “People of the Wind” was made by the late Shusha Guppy in 1976, following the same route with descendants of the same people, and it shows what had changed and what had stayed the same over those fifty years. This could be a long evening, so there will be an interval between the two films.

14th July 2018 (Note date change)

Summer Lunch Party at Rottingdean, Sussex

Venue kindly offered by Sue Jones at her lovely house by the sea.

7th - 21st November 2018

“Textiles of Myanmar, A Masterclass in Applied Arts ”

Request a brochure from Asiya Zargar who is dealing with our bookings, at or call Indus Experiences on 020 8901 7320. Yasin Zargar can be contacted on


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly, W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.