Summer Programme 2015

Wednesday 15th April at 7pm

Dr Sue Jones will speak on “Bedouin Women Weavers in Jordan: Traditional Weaving Skills and Contemporary Livelihoods”

Dr Sue Jones has been involved for 25 years in a weaving project with Bedouin women in Jordan.

The project faced changes from a social programme for women using their traditional rug weaving skills, to a successfully operating income generation project, and now one component of a handicraft project under the umbrella of the NGO - Jordan River Foundation, chaired by HM Queen Rania Al Abdullah.

She will talk about Middle Eastern ground loom weaving – history, techniques, patterns and designs; and also show similar weaving (and embroidery) projects around the Middle East - Egypt, Oman, the Negev, Kuwait and Saudi. She reflects on what happens when textile specialists, like the Bedouin weavers, move into a commercial context. 

We can enjoy the old and more recent ground loom woven rugs Sue will bring to show us.

***Early start Wednesday 20th May at 6.30pm***


ORTS Cup Awards announced by Clive Rogers. Last year's ORTS Cup Winner Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam from the V&A will give a short talk on Moroccan Textiles.

Followed by the enjoyable SHOW AND TELL.

Some members will bring Moroccan and Algerian items for the Show and Tell, so the evening will have a Maghreb flavour. But do bring your rugs and textiles from any area to show us.

Sunday 21st June at 4pm

Geoffrey Saba will talk on ‘Indonesian Textiles from the Saba Collection, including a selection of forbidden and other batik patterns from the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta.’

Geoffrey will show an important selection of Javanese Batik, at his home in South East London. See separate flyer.

Sunday 12th July from 12-5pm

ORTS Summer Lunch Party

We are delighted to have our annual Summer Lunch Party at the home of Claude Delmas and Roger Hardwick. See separate flyer.

***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.