ORTS has been organising visits to collections and travel abroad for our members since it was founded in 1977.  These have included textile tours to around 15 countries in Europe and Asia, and behind-the-scenes guided visits to more than fifty private collections, museums, galleries and auction houses in the UK.

Our programme of visits started again on July 27th with a private visit to see the collections of Professor Paul R. Benjamin. This was followed by a group visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in August to see the Epic Iran exhibition, followed by lunch at the Polish Club. Other plans are under way. Announcements will be made in the ORTS members’ newsletters.

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ORTS members in the bazaar in Tehran, Iran

Some recent trips


5th – 18th June 2019 Kyrgyzstan. Felt-making and embroidery as well as an overnight in a yurt camp, a demonstration of hunting with golden eagles, and riding on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul.

5th April 2019 Visit and Talk: Carpets and Textiles at the Freud Museum at the Freud Museum, London.

24th April 2018 Private reception and gallery tour of Art of the Islamic and Indian worlds at Christie’s London, with Louise Broadbent, International Head of Department, Oriental Rugs and Carpets, Christie’s.

27th – 29th September 2017 Switzerland, with a special visit to the Abegg-Stiftung Foundation in the foothills of the Bernese Alps, for a private tour of the collections.

30th April – 12th May 2017 Northern Iran, including visits to museums, bazaars and carpet making workshops.

22nd – 26th March 2017 Netherlands, with a special visit to the Textile Research Centre in Leiden.

17th - 30th September 2016 Gujarat, India. Block-printing, embroidery, double ikat weaving, mashru weaving, single ikat weaving, silk, cotton, mirrorwork.

17th February 2016 Visit with Curator for South Asian Textiles Rosemary Crill to the Victoria and Albert Museum Clothworkers’ Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation, London.