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Summer Programme 2013

Wednesday 24th April at 7pm

Rupert Smith will lecture on “Secrets of Tibetan Weaving”.

Rupert will bring copies of his newly published book “Secrets of Tibetan Weaving”, and will bring some rugs from the book to show us. He lives in Kathmandu where he does natural dyeing, and makes regular trips to Lhasa to sponsor natural dyeing in Tibet.

Thursday 16th May at 6.30pm (Note time)


Then a short talk on “Bengal Quilts” by Ben Upcott, winner of the 2012 ORTS Cup Award, with his slides from Bangladesh, while on V.S.O.

Followed by Show and Tell with Aaron Nejad, Christopher Legge, Clive Rogers and Ron Stewart presiding. Please bring your rugs and textiles for discussion.

Wednesday 29th May – Sunday 9th June

Turkey Trip 2013

We offer a “Different Trip” to ORTS members.

The 12 day trip includes the new Vakiflar Rug Museums in North Central Anatolia, a Black Sea Holiday Resort, Cappadocia and much more. Contact Louise Teague for further details.

Sunday 18th August

Summer Lunch Party from 12 mid-day, in the East Sussex countryside between Rye, Battle and Hastings. Kindly hosted by Lesley and Diccon Pullen.

Members are encouraged to spend the weekend in this picturesque and historical coastal area.

See separate flyer.

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 6.0pm. 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 information and membership contact Margaret Broadbent, 27 Drakefell Road, London SE14 5SL Tel: 020 7639 7593 email:

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

Non-members welcome to attend £6 a lecture, or join for one year £20 (£25 for two at same address).