Rugtime in Kippen

The colours, textiles and furnishings of the East have always held a huge attraction and for many years I have loved entering the Aladdin’s cave which is the Nomad’s Tent premises in Edinburgh.  Full of colour and interest, it would gladden the heart of any rug lover or house furnisher who wants something a little different.  I have also found it to be a wonderful source of wedding and birthday presents as things range in value from a few pounds to a serious investment.

Five years ago, I heard that the Nomad’s Tent sometimes creates a similar visual feast out of Edinburgh and thought that our barn near Kippen might be suitable.  Fortunately, it proved to be so and so this October, we will hold our third selling exhibition.

The Nomad’s Tent was started in 1983 by Rufus Reade when he brought his first bales of kilims home from Turkey.  28 years later, now under the ownership of Andrew Haughton, The Nomads Tent continues to buy from ethical sources wherever possible. The experienced and enthusiastic team have travelled far and wide to bring you the practical, beautiful, sometimes quirky and often amazing work of dedicated craftsmen from around the world.

We love people to come and have a look at what is on display, whether they intend to buy or not.

At the same time, we shall have hot drinks, scones and soup available, with donations going to Music in Hospitals, This Scottish charity provides professional musicians to bring pleasure and entertainment to people all ages in hospitals, homes or hospices.  Many of these are in Stirlingshire.

On Tuesday 17th October, Rufus Reade himself will give an early evening talk entitled “Chasing the Donkey: Rushing round Turkey in Search of Rugs” which is an amusing account of the creation of the Nomads Tent. Further details on 01786870347 or

So, come and visit, have a browse, do some shopping or just come to support a very worthwhile charity.

Shop open 10am -5pm Friday 13th October – Sunday 22nd October

Talk at 7pm on 17th Oct, cost £10 including wine in aid of the Makhad Trust, supporting the Bedouin to maintain their traditional way of life.

Kirsty Cuthbert, The Myreton, Glinns Road, Kippen, Stirling, FK8 3JL

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