As part of the autumn lecture series at the Oriental Rug and Textile Society, Ali Istalifi will speak on ‘Suzani , Ikat and other Central Asian textiles’

Ali gave the successful lecture on Central Asian Ikat at the Brunei Gallery SOAS  ‘World Ikat Textile Symposium’ in 2016. He was born in Afghanistan to a family of dealers for three generations on Kabul’s famous Chicken Street.  He has a large collection, and unique access to the subject as a fluent speaker in Dari. He will bring textiles to show .

Time:  7pm

Venue: St. James, Piccadilly

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.

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