Autumn Programme 2016

17th – 30th Sept 2016

“Textiles of Gujarat”

ORTS Tour to India is fully booked.

For more information contact Yasin Zargar at

Wed 19 October 2016 at 7pm

“Chintz Russia” - Russian Printed Cottons

Lecture by Pamela Smith

Before 1917 the Russian textile industry was the fourth largest in the world. Huge quantities of printed cotton were produced, supplying eager markets both at home and in the lands to the east, including Uzbekistan and Persia. The talk will cover the development of the industry, including the influence of British technology and the use of these textiles in dress and furnishings within Russia and beyond.

Pamela has a Masters degree in the history of decorative art and design. She is an independent scholar, writer and speaker, specialising in the textiles and dress of Russia and Eastern Europe. -

Wed 23 November 2016 at 7.30pm (This lecture starts at the slightly later time than the usual 7pm)

“Ottoman Tiles and Textiles”

Lecture by Arthur Millner

A consideration of the relationship between two of the most admired decorative arts of the Ottoman Period

Arthur started his career in the art world at Sotheby's in 1985, eventually taking charge of their Indian, Himalayan and South East Asian auctions in London. After a period of running a gallery in Kensington, he is now an independent consultant. He is currently chairman of the Indian and Islamic vetting committee at the Olympia Antiques Fairs, as well as being a member of the committee at the London Masterpiece and Lapada Fairs. His book, Damascus Tiles, was published by Prestel in 2015. -

Wed 14th December 2016 at 7pm

“ORTS Trip to Iran 2015 and Field Research”

Talk by Christopher Legge

Images and discussion of the trip to Iran in September 2015, together with observations and previous field research into Persian carpets.

Chris Legge serves on the ORTS committee and is a BADA member. Together with his wife Angela they run the Oxford carpet business Legge Carpets Ltd. The business was established in Witney in 1974 before moving to Oxford in 1982. -


Talks are held at the St. James Conference Room, 197 Piccadilly W1J 9LL London.

The Conference Room entrance is within the corner of Church Place and Piccadilly at a wrought iron gate signed “Church Hall Conference Room” leading down iron stairs below street level.

Doors open from 6pm. Drinks and snacks are served.

Both Green Park and Piccadilly tube stations are a short walk away. Free parking in St James Square and Jermyn Street after 6.30pm.

Non-members welcome to attend for £7 a single lecture. Students £5. Membership of one year for 11 events at £20.