For the last few months Covid 19 has prevented us from meeting for talks and visiting exhibitions and museum collections together. While this situation continues, and perhaps afterwards too, we will be posting links to online talks and virtual exhibitions which we think may be of interest to ORTS members. If anyone would like to recommend additions, please do feel free to make suggestions by contacting

SOAS Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art - online courses

A unique academic programme, centred on object- based learning.

Our six, full-time modules cover the arts of India, China, Japan & Korea, Southeast Asia, and the arts of the Buddhist and Islamic worlds. Our specialist short courses give you insights into focused topics, based on the latest research by leading scholars in the field.

We are formally associated with the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. Our courses are accredited by SOAS University of London.

Indian Art Module Introduction (video)

2020 flyer

Christie's - The Tiffany Palace Carpet: The epitome of Chinese carpets

Christie’s consultant Elisabeth Parker reveals why this very rare Ming carpet with outstanding provenance is one of the best examples ever seen at auction — offered in The Exceptional Sale on 14 October at Christie’s in New York

A Ming-dynasty carpet owned by Louis Comfort Tiffany and A. Jerrold Perenchio

George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum

There are a variety of digital online resources that ORTS members will enjoy during this time


Textile Museum Associates of Southern California, Inc.

TMA/SC presents online Zoom program, such as “Philosophical Symbolism of Indigenous Textiles in Ghana” with Prof. Charles Frimpong, PhD, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana.


September Newsletter (Zoom events)


HALI - Exhibition of Newly Conserved Carpets at Istanbul Carpet Week 2020

A virtual edition of Istanbul Carpet Week (ICW), 21-23 October 2020, organised by Istanbul Carpet Exporters’ Association (iHiB) in partnership with HALI and COVER magazines.

Registration for ICW is free. Register to view this and another exhibition online, to attend six specialist talks and to enter the virtual fair featuring the best Turkish rug companies.

Further information

Register here

HALI - Exhibition Review & Digital tour of ‘Look at the Rugs—Find Me’

To celebrate the jubilee of Swedish carpet designer Märta Måås-Fjetterström, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden initiated an exhibition of her life’s work. ‘Look at the Rugs—Find Me’ at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, 1 July–4 October 2020, has now reopened for booked visits only. The exhibition comprises fifty-seven carpets and textiles of which eleven belong to the king. It is a spectacular and informative exhibition that not only shows the artistic development of MMF but also the development of Swedish and international design and art movements during the first half of the 20th century. Also capturing attention are some watercolour sketches, vintage photographs and important documents.

Exhibition review

Explore the exhibition online digitally! ‘Look at the Rugs—Find Me’ has been filmed in 360° to show every angle of the State Hall. Keep to the left when starting the tour to follow Märta Måås-Fjetterström‘s career in chronological order.

Digital tour

Curator’s tour of Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition

The Victoria and Albert Museum has produced a remarkably vivid curator’s tour of this exhibition, currently closed, which goes a long way towards creating the sense of ‘being there’ (without having to jostle with the crowds, and with an expert guide). The Museum has provided a series of five short films on YouTube which take viewers on a personal, 30-minute

behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition. Anna Jackson, the exhibition curator, leads the viewer through the spaces.


Mediterranean Threads: 18th- and 19th- Century Greek Embroideries

An online exhibition from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Textile care videos

ORTS members may be interested to view a selection of videos relating to the care of textiles, provided online by The George Washington University Museum/The Textile Museum: In this series of short videos, Chief Conservator Maria Fusco offers advice on how you can care for your own textiles—including family heirlooms, textiles from your travels, personal collections, and more.

How do I safely store my textile(s) at home?

What is the best way to store a flat textile?

What is the best way to store a quilt or costume?

What is the best way to store a small or fragile textile?

Should my textile be cleaned?

What cleaning or maintenance can I undertake on my own?

How can my textile be repaired?

How do I find a conservator in my area?

The Tentmakers of Cairo

As part of their Covid 19 response virtual lecture series, the William Rolland Gallery of Fine Art at the California Lutheran University posted a lecture by Dr Sam Bowker on ‘The Tentmakers of Cairo’.


Introducing HALI 203: The India Edition

Spring 2020 looks to be a real treat - something to study in the lockdown! 

HALI 203

HALI Magazine

Based in London , Hali Magazine is an international quarterly magazine of exceptional style and content that concentrates principally on antique Oriental Carpets and Textiles but includes other 'World' and European subject matter. Considered indispensable for those interested in the subject.

Cornucopia Magazine

Cornucopia is the magazine for connoisseurs of Turkey –
gorgeous enough for the coffee table, serious enough to be
found in academic libraries. This truly remarkable publication –
beautiful, uncompromising and independent – is an ever-
growing compendium of all things Turkish: history, culture, art, food, travel.


Jozan Magazine is an International web-portal and digital magazine about oriental rugs and carpets, published by Ivan Soenderholm. It includes articles and news on oriental rugs and carpets, international auction calendar, vendors sales gallery, rug book store and an educational rug photo gallery.

Textiles Asia Journal

Launched in June of 2009, Textiles Asia is published three times a year. We seek to connect people interested in Asian textiles through articles designed to inform our readers about the techniques, symbolism, history, use and cultural context of the diverse textiles of Asia.

The Textile Atlas

The Textile Atlas preserves a record of disappearing Asian crafts with their reflected cultural stories, and provides a resource platform for both the commercial industry and academia.


Early Textiles Study Group

As well as being involved with archaeological textiles the ETSG now embraces specialists in fibres, weaving, textile techniques, dyes, conservation and modern analysis as well as embroidery, lace, leather and clothing. The Society has mostly London based activities.

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

The objectives of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are to share interest in hand-spinning, hand-weaving, dyeing, design and creative crafts in general, to help members study and practise all aspects of the crafts, to promote awareness of and education in these crafts among the public and to cooperate or affiliate with other organisations having similar objects.

Oxford Asian Textile Group

OATG offers an annual programme of events including lectures, study visits and seminars and covers a wide range of subjects from the technical aspects of textiles to the delights of traditional costume. A particular emphasis is given to the cultural context of textiles and dress. OATG also publishes a magazine, Asian Textiles, three times a year. This includes reports on key collections worldwide as well as much information about national and international textile events.

The Textile Society

The Textile Society is run by and for people who have an interest in the design, study, practice and history of textile arts, crafts and technology. Founded in 1982 as an educational charity, it supports students, professionals and institutions working with textiles in any form.


The Selvedge World Fair

3rd to 5th September 2020

The three-day virtual event, a celebration of cloth, culture and creativity, will present the work of over 100 artisans, bringing together varied - and in some cases endangered - textile traditions from more than 60 countries. Visitors will be able to buy handmade treasures, take part in online workshops and watch and participate in talks on textile-related themes. Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, and rug weavers from Uzbekistan and many more.

*ORTS members offered special 25% discount tickets @ £18.75

Standard tickets cost £25.00 giving access to Selvedge World Fair 4th & 5th September including talks, show & tell sessions, shopping, demonstrations, articles and interviews as well as a quiz with prizes. The offer also extends to preview tickets, giving access to shopping on Thursday 3rd September evening for £3.75 instead of £5.00.

LARTA - The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair

Annual art fair presenting rare and beautiful antique rugs, carpets and textiles to discerning collectors, decorators and a wider general audience interested in the woven arts and design.

The Textile Society's Antique & Vintage Textile Fair

Visit the fair for a fantastic range of vintage fashion, antique textiles and costume sourced from around the world. You’ll find textiles from the 18th century right up to the swinging 1960’s and 70’s! Furnishings including pre-1950s rugs and unique fashion accessories. Tables and tables of colour and cloth. Whether you are a student looking for design inspiration, a collector looking for a unique addition, or just want to browse beautiful materials and objects, this is a fair you can not miss.


Altynai Osmoeva - BIG IDEA Challenge

Kyrgyz designer Altynai Osmoeva is a finalist of the British Council’s contest of creative initiatives called BIG IDEA Challenge. Her idea originates from her love of horses and evolves around creation of the unique nomadic textile equestrian horse harness. We would very much appreciate if you could support her endeavor and vote for her in a link below: 

Textile equestrian attire for horses

Further information

The Flowering Desert: Textiles from Sindh by Nasreen & Hasan Askari

This lavishly illustrated volume explores the history and craftsmanship, the styles and the stitches of textiles from Sindh in Pakistan, showcasing over 120 remarkable objects with a further 30 images of the textiles in use.

Paul Holberton Publishing

Dr Jonathan Michael Adrian Thompson

(23 March 1938 - 23 January 2020)

It is a little known fact that Jon Thompson along with the publisher Simon Crosby and Robert Pinner were according to Simon the three original founders or at least the inspirers of Hali Magazine. Simon Crosby failed at the first hurdle relenting that such a magazine would run out of material after only a half dozen issues. It was Pinner and the then young Michel Franses with who took up the cause. Jon was a master at public speaking and he gave several talks to The Oriental Carpet and Textile Society all fluent thoroughly researched and thus cogent. The last of which ironically fitting concerned the Shrine at Ardibil in NW Iran (Clive Rogers)

JT Reminisces

JT ORTS Journal 


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