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Autumn Programme 2012

Wednesday, September 19th at 7pm

Jon Thompson will talk on “The Remarkable Tale of the Ardebil Carpet”

The illustrated talk looks at the history of the acquisition of the Ardebil carpet, its cultural and historical significance, and the result of recent research into how it was made.

Jon Thompson is an internationally acclaimed lecturer. His books include “Carpet Magic”, “Carpets: From the Tents, Cottages and Workshops of Asia”, and “Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs & Textiles from New York Collectors”.


Friday October 12th to Sunday October 14th

ORTS Trip to Bath

Including the American Museum, the Fashion Museum, the East Asian Art Museum also dealers Haliden and Oriental Rugs of Bath.

Request separate flyer.


Tuesday, November 6th at 7pm

Jennifer Wearden will lecture on “Qajar Textiles: 19th century Persian silks and cottons and the story of their ill-fated relationship with England.”

Jennifer will use the Victoria and Albert Museum collection to illustrate what was produced by the textile industries in Iran in the 19th century, highlighting some unpublished dated pieces. Jennifer was Senior Curator of Textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and author of the V&A's book “Iranian Textiles”. She is currently an Honorary Research Fellow to the V&A.


Tuesday, December 4th, at 7pm

David and Wendy Rosier will talk on “Imperial Chinese Textiles of the Qing Dynasty – Symbols of Rank and Status”

The talk is based on their collection of 700 Chinese textiles, mainly from the Qing Dynasty 1644-1910, but including earlier pieces. They will bring embroidered Rank Badges and Dragon Roundels from their collection to show us.

The Society’s payment for this talk is unusual; the Rosiers’ fares from Scotland to talk to us are paid by our Society, but they ask that a collection be made in aid of the British Heart Foundation for which David works as a volunteer.


The Society meets at Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2TH. Entrance round the corner in Barter Street. Doors open from 6pm. Swedenborg Hall is four minutes walk from Holborn Underground, and six minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground. Free parking in Barter Street or Bedford Place after 6:30pm.

Drinks and snacks are served, and we have a T-loop induction coil for hearing-aid users.

For Information and Membership contact Penny Berkut, 12 Mayfield Avenue, Southgate, London N14 6DU. Tel: 020 8886 3910
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Non-members are very welcome to attend for £7 a lecture including wine and snacks.