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Spring Programme 2014

Friday 24th January at 11am

Fiona Kerloque will show “Textiles from Thailand”

At the Horniman Museum Study Collections Centre. Followed by lunch at the “Pilot”.

Fiona is Deputy Keeper for Anthropology at the Horniman Museum. She will give an illustrated talk about Thai textiles in general, describe the Horniman's collections and how they came by them, including accounts of her two collecting trips, in 2002 and 2003. She will show examples from the collections, and answer questions.

See separate flyer.


Monday 24th February at 7pm

Michael Axworthy will lecture on “Upheaval in 18th C. Persia (and its effect on the art of the carpet)” with contributions from Clive Rogers.

At St James Piccadilly Conference Room (New venue!)

Michael Axworthy studied history at Peterhouse, Cambridge before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986. He served as the Head of Iran Section in the FCO from 1998-2000. His latest book is “Revolutionary Iran”. Michael lectures in History at Exeter University, where he is Director of the Centre for Persian and Iranian Studies.

Clive Rogers is a UK dealer and ORTS committee member.


Wednesday 19th March at 7pm

Lesley Pullen will lecture on “Textiles of Sumatra: Traditional Cloth from the Island of Gold”

At St James Piccadilly Conference Room (New venue!)

Lesley has been a Tutor on the Southeast Asian Art module of the SOAS Postgraduate Diploma programme for the past five years. She is also an occasional lecturer on SOAS BA and MA courses and an independent lecturer both in the UK and internationally.

Lesley continues to collect Asian material art, particularly Indonesian textiles, and travels to different parts of Asia at least once a year. She is currently pursuing her PhD research at SOAS.

This highly illustrated lecture will be accompanied by a handling session of some examples of textiles from Sumatra from a private collection.

A recording of Lesley's lecture is available here together with accompanying slides.


***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”. Doors open from 6.0pm. 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.