ORTS is pleased to open its Spring 2016 programme with a lecture on the 27th Jan:

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.

Details of the Venue

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 6.0pm. 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 for one year for 11 events at £20,    http://www.orientalrugandtextilesociety.org.uk/membership.php

Future events

Wednesday 24 February 2016 at 7 pm.

Roberta Marin will lecture on ‘The kaleidoscopic world of Mamluk carpets’.

Wednesday, 23rd March at 7pm

Scott Redford will lecture on ‘Medieval Anatolian Animal Carpets & Seljuk Art’


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: http://www.indusexperiences.co.uk/special-interest/textiles-of-gujarat