Journal of the Oriental Rug and Textile Society

The ORTS journal is published three times a year. Contributions are welcomed from members and non-members. Please send articles, ideas for articles and proposals for book or exhibition reviews to Dr Fiona Kerlogue. Deadlines are 1st February, 1st June and 1st October each year.

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Notes to contributors:

Please submit text in a Word document. If you are including images it would be very helpful if you could send them separately, the file name indicating the order in which they should appear, and a note within the text showing where each is most relevant. Captions should be included at the end of the article, numbered in accordance with the file names. We cannot guarantee that all images will appear. If the photograph source needs to be acknowledged, please indicate in the caption and ensure that copyright permissions have been obtained where necessary.


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.

Carpet Collector

Carpet Collector is a magazine that is exclusively devoted to antique collector‘s carpets and textiles. Carpet Collector will report on the most important rug auctions, introduce special collector‘s rugs, and address interesting carpets issues in extensive features four times a year.

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

3 - 5  September 2020

Mary Ward House, 5 - 7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN

Held over 3 days within the historically significant Mary Ward House, a curated group of the world’s master artisans will join together to share their passion for textiles. Expect indigo dyers from Japan, baskets makers from Swaziland, and rug weavers from Uzbekistan and many more. At the event, the master artisans will take part in a programme of presentations, offering the chance for guests to hear their stories and learn of the importance of their crafts in their home countries and to indulge in a little retail therapy.

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.


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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