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Spring Programme 2016

Wednesday 27th January 2016 at 7pm

Ian and Jenifer Rutherford will talk on “Palestinian Textiles and Costume”

Ian and Jeni lived for several years in Jerusalem from the late 1990's. After the Oslo Accord Ian managed a branch of an international bank in East Jerusalem; the bank having inherited several West Bank branches of the Ottoman Bank which closed in 1967.

Their talk will take us through the historical and regional variations of pattern, material technique and changes in fashion from the late 1900 onwards. Each item has a history and they will explain their journey as collectors. They are bringing textiles and costume to show us.

Wednesday 17th February at 1.45pm for 2pm start

Visit with Rosemary Crill to the Victoria and Albert Museum Clothworkers' Centre for Textiles and Fashion Study and Conservation

Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, Olympia, Kensington, London W14.

Meet for an optional lunch at 12 noon.

Rosemary will be showing a selection of South Indian textiles, including woven saris, temple hangings and export pieces from the Coromandel Coast. This may be instructive for the ORTS September 2016 trip to Gujarat, where comparable pieces will be seen at the Calico Museum of Textiles in Ahmedabad. Numbers restricted to 15. Separate Booking Form

Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 7pm

Roberta Marin will lecture on “The Kaleidoscopic World of Mamluk Carpets”

Roberta will focus on the carpet production of the Mamluk Empire (1250-1517). Special attention will be dedicated on the patterns, the carpet trade between Egypt and Italy and the representation of Mamluk carpets on Italian Renaissance paintings.

Roberta Marin collaborates with the Khalili Collection and has previously taught Islamic Art and Architecture at the Birkbeck College, the London College of Communication, Soas and the University of York. 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, Islamic carpets and modern and contemporary art from the Middle East and Iran.

Wednesday 23rd March at 7pm

Scott Redford will lecture on “Medieval Anatolian Animal Carpets & Seljuk Art”

Scott Redford is Nasser D. Khalili Professor of Islamic Art & Archaeology at SOAS. He has published widely on the art, archaeology, and architecture of medieval Anatolia and the eastern Mediterranean.

17th to 30th September 2016

Booking now open for the ORTS trip to India - “Textiles of Gujarat”

Details of the tour and how to book here:


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.