Founded in 1971 as the Chicago Rug Society, the Chicago Oriental Rug and Textile Society (CORTS) is a not-for-profit organization established to foster and promote interest in the art of hand-woven carpets and related ethnic textiles by scientific, educational, literary and social means. The Society promotes exchange between collectors, scholars and students; facilitates access to private and museum collections; and promotes the research and study of these fascinating and beautiful works of art.
CORTS sponsors approximately six dinner meetings each year, which usually feature an outside speaker and focus on a particular theme related to antique oriental rugs and/or textiles. We meet in Chicago, at a location convenient to area expressways. In addition, we hold a summer picnic, usually at a member's home, which includes a "moth market" or silent auction of objects from members' collections.
CORTS members are a diverse group, drawn not only from the greater Chicago area but also from our neighboring Midwestern states, who share an interest in enriching their knowledge of and appreciation for antique oriental rugs and textiles. We would be pleased to welcome you as a member, and hope you will join us by clicking on the Membership Application link on this page.
CORTS is a member of the American Conference on Oriental Rugs (ACOR), a nationwide organization established for the understanding and appreciation of Oriental rugs and textiles.
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