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Autumn Programme 2013

Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm

Antony Wynn will talk on “Cecil Edwards and Brian Huffner in Persia”

Antony has a digital copy of an album of photographs that Bryan Huffner took in 1948-9, on his epic trip round Persia with Cecil Edwards when they were writing “The Persian Carpet” together. Nobody has seen these photographs, apart from one or two that Antony put in his book “Three Camels to Smyrna”.


Wednesday, 23rd October at 7pm

Stefano Ionescu will talk on “Tracing the Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania”.

Stefano is considered to be the leading authority on Transylvanian rugs. He wrote “Antique Ottoman Rugs in Transylvania”, and has led many tours including the “HALI Art and Culture Tour to Transylvania” this June.

Transylvania continues to be the repository of the richest and best preserved corpus of small Turkish rugs outside the Islamic world: almost four hundred examples attributable to the golden period of Ottoman weaving. He will discuss how and where from did rugs arrive and why did they enter the patrimony of the Protestant Churches and led to the “Transylvanian miracle”. Then he will show some Church collections with an eye to the best examples ranging from late 15th to early 17th century: Uskaks, Holbeins, Lottos, Selendis and a wealth of Transylvanian rugs.


Thursday, November 28th at 7pm

Dr Ken Teague will talk on the “Rugs and Textiles of Ladakh”, including Monastery Festival (Cham) Dance Costumes.”

Ken taught Buddhist Art at the British Museum for four years after retiring as Curator for the Asian Collections at the Horniman Museum. He is currently engaged in research following two study trips to Ladakh. His publications include “Metalcrafts of Central Asia”, “Nomads”, and “Growing Up in Ancient China”.

» Watch a recording of Ken's talk here


Friday, December 13th at 11.30am

Visit to Clothworkers Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation, Blythe Road, Olympia, Kensington.

Dr Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum has booked the seminar room at Clothworkers” for us. She will introduce the new Centre with a short tour, and show a range of “Zoroastrian Costume and Textile Fragments from late 19thC Iran”. See separate flyer for booking.

Followed by lunch at the Middle East Restaurant “Yas”.


The Oriental Rug and Textile Society meets at Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH Entrance round the corner in Barter Street. Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served, and we have a T-loop induction coil for hearing-aid users.

Swedenborg Hall is four minutes walk from Holborn Underground, and six minutes walk from Tottenham Court Road Underground. Free parking in Barter Street, Southampton Place or Bedford Place after 6.30pm.

For membership information contact Margaret Broadbent, Tel: 020 7639 7593, Email:

» Please click here for our printable Membership Subscription form (pdf format)

Non-members welcome to attend £7 a lecture, or £20 for membership with one year of 11 events.