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Oriental Rug and Textile Society Cup Award 2014

By Victoria Khroundina | December 11, 2013

News last week from the Oriental Rug and Textile Society (ORTS) that their annual Cup Award, now in its third year, is open for submissions.

The Award was initiated to promote knowledge of the traditional and new centres of Asian weaving and textiles, as well as to advance the understanding of the processes involved in the creation of rugs and textiles in the region. Applicants are invited to present any original material, field or other research, that, as according to the Society’s Clive Rogers, ‘reflects and develops the Society’s interest in the people, cultures and their textile weaving techniques’.

Subjects may vary, the only condition being that they must be about Asian rug and textile practices. Examples include a critique of Naga headgear to a new direction identified in southwest Persian rugs. Last year’s winner, for instance, Iona Ramsay of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, presented her research on the traditions, revivals and developments of Kantha (a type of embroidery popular in West Bengal) in East London. Second prize went to Florence Peacock for her paper, The Journey of the Mahmal.

The winner could score a flight from the UK to Istanbul and a one-week’s stay in an antique wooden house in Sultanahmet (near the Blue Mosque), plus three years free membership to ORTS. Second prize is two years free membership to ORTS. Both the winner and the runner-up will get Silver Cups for their efforts.  

The nitty gritty: Entrants must be 25 years of age or under on 1 January 2013. The competition is open to all whether they are formally studying or not. Entries must be 2000 words and contain no more than four hyperlinks and a maximum of four images each no more than 250kb. Manual entries are also accepted. Submissions close on 15 May 2014 and the winners will be announced at the Society’s AGM meeting in mid-June 2014.

Click here to download the entry form.

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