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Autumn Programme 2014

Wednesday 17th September at 7pm


Roberta will focus on the carpet production of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal dynasties with a specific focus on patterns.

Roberta Marin is assistant curator at the Khalili Collection and has previously taught Islamic Art and Architecture at the Birkbeck College and the London College of Communication. She completed her BA in Fine Arts in Italy and holds an MA in Islamic Art & Archaeology from SOAS. Her research interests include Mamluk art, and modern and contemporary art from the Middle East and Iran.

Thursday 9th October – Sunday 12th October


See separate flyer previously posted.

Friday 21st November at 11.30am

Visit to Clothworkers’, the Victoria and Albert Museum Rug and Textile Centre for Study and Conservation, Blythe Road, Olympia, Kensington with Dr Moya Carey.

Moya is the Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum and has booked the seminar room at Clothworkers’ for us. She will show us CARPETS AND CARPET-FRAGMENTS FROM IRAN (16TH - 18TH CENTURIES), focusing on V&A acquisitions of carpets from the late 19th century. What material was on the international art market in the 1880 and 90s, and by which channels did it reach the Museum? This will complement our lecture on September 17th.

Followed by optional lunch at nearby Middle East Restaurant . See separate flyer.

Monday 15th December at 7pm

David Rosier will talk on Chinese Formal and Informal Court Costume and Accessories (Qing Dynasty 1644-1911) ‘A Journey through the Imperial Wardrobe’

Explanation will be provided for the more common design themes from dragon imagery to the use of images from nature.

Particular focus is given to the highly decorative clothing of high ranking Chinese Ladies and will consider the design of items such as collars, skirt and sleeve panels. In addition dress accessories will be reviewed and include items attached to robe belts (purses, fragrance pouches, fan cases), hats and kingfisher feather jewellery. They will bring textiles from their collection of 700 Imperial related textiles to show us.

The Society’s payment for this talk is unusual; the Rosiers’ fares from Scotland 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.

***NB New Venue***

The Oriental Rug and Textile Society now meets at: St James Piccadilly Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LL. If you stand on Piccadilly facing the courtyard of St James Church, go down the passageway “Church Place”, on the left hand side of the redbrick administrative buildings. The conference room entrance is in Church Place which runs between Jermyn Street and Piccadilly. There is a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down stairs. Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Piccadilly Circus tube is 5 mins walk, and Green Park Tube is 8 mins walk. Free parking in St James Square after 6.30pm.

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

Full details of membership can be found here.