The Nomads Tent is tucked down a side street next to the spectacular Salisbury Crags, below Arthur’s Seat. It was established by Rufus Reade in 1983 after a journey round Turkey exploring and purchasing kilims and rugs. Gradually we found other goods such as furniture, textiles, artefacts for home and garden, ceramics, and jewellery.
But we don’t only sell goods. We put on regular exhibitions, talks, readings and other events, with exhibition previews accompanied by refreshments, music and even dance. We hold an annual symposium of talks on a chosen theme and starting in late November there is a Christmas Fair. Some of our activities help support the work of, among others, the international charity Mercy Corps.
Inspired by the cultures and crafts of Iran, India, Turkey, Vietnam and Morocco and other regions, we look for authentic items from suppliers we like and trust, some of whom have worked with us for many years. This takes us to the bazaars and craft centres of Tehran, Mashad, Istanbul, Marrakesh, Hanoi, Jaipur and Delhi among others. You’ll find very little packaging or other hallmarks of commercial production.
As well as providing an opportunity to browse for beautiful rugs and unusual artefacts there is a comfortable ‘Reading Corner’ with books for sale as well as reference reading material. If you have an old or favourite rug that needs some tlc, we offer advice. We also clean and repair rugs and provide moth treatment and products and various non-slip underlays.
In the autumn we take to the road around the UK with pop-up travelling exhibitions. These 10 day long selling exhibitions are held in private homes. Andrew Haughton is the present owner. He joined The Nomads Tent in 2008 and aspires to uphold the tradition of The Nomads Tent in presenting beautiful objects and events that celebrate tribal, nomadic Middle and Far Eastern cultures.