About The Oriental Rug Society of NSW

Oriental rug featuring a tree of life design. Baluch tribes of Iran/Afghanistan
Tree of Life design, Baluch tribes, Iran/Afghanistan.

Bringing together Oriental Rug Experts and Enthusiasts

Founded by oriental rug enthusiasts and collectors in 1980, the Oriental Rug Society of NSW Inc (ORS) welcomes as members everyone interested in the carpets, rugs and other textiles from the tents, villages and urban workshops of Eurasia.

This multicultural region once traversed by the fabled Silk Road comprises Turkey and Iran, the Caucasus, Central Asia including Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, and much of Western China.

Our Aims

  • to foster an interest in and appreciation of oriental rugs & related textiles through exhibitions, talks and seminars.
  • to provide a forum for collectors, researchers and enthusiasts to examine and discuss these textiles in all their aspects.
  • to help interested institutions in expanding their collection of these textiles.

Oriental Rug Society Activities

  • Our meetings every two months at the National Trust Centre, on Sydney’s Observatory Hill, feature expert talks on oriental rugs and related topics and include refreshments.
  • We mount high-quality seminars and exhibitions, often in conjunction with a major institution or Society, eg, the Powerhouse Museum or The Asian Arts Society of Australia, (TAASA.)
  • Members receive a regular informative newsletter by e-mail. This covers forthcoming meetings, local textile events, and various aspects of oriental rugs – design, colour, history, classification and so on.


Find out how to join the Oriental Rug Society of NSW and the benefits of becoming a member on our membership page.

For general information, please contact:  info@antiquerugs.com.au.

Office Bearers and Committee

President: Leigh Mackay
Dep President: Gail Broadbent
Secretary: Ian Perryman
Treasurer: Ruth Larner

Annette Gero
Pamela Leuzinger
Rachel Miller
Christina Sumner