Haslemere has a notable Arts and Crafts history where, through the years, many distinguished artists, weavers, poets, authors and music makers such as: Tennyson, George Bernard Shaw, the Dolmetsches, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and George Eliot, as well as artists Helen Allingham, Axel Haig and Walter Tyndale and architect Edward Lutyens have chosen to live and practice their artisan crafts. The Peasant Arts Movement was also founded in Haslemere by artists: the Blounts, the Kings and G MacDonald, who taught the ancient crafts of yarn spinning and hand-loom rug weaving, while creating hand-spun tapestries and embroideries that are now held in the V&A and Haslemere Educational Museum.
Garnering this heritage, Haslemere Festival was created as a bi-annual event – now in its sixth, successful year – showcasing a two-week tableaux of art, music, talks and entertainment with the Cycling Sportive, Classic Car Show and the (new) triathlon held every year. Festival Patrons include:Dame Sarah Goad DCVO, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Dr François Dolmetsch and Admiral Sir Derek Reffell, KCB. The Oriental Rug Gallery Ltd is proud to support this cultural event through the years, where Anas and Sandre are, once again, Festival Stewards for 2015.
The Oriental Rug Gallery Ltd was previously invited to take part in the Haslemere Festival 2009, by Founder and Chairman Hamish Donaldson DL MBE, where the Rug Gallery's featured Cultural Talk: A Journey of Discovery for Oriental Rug Weavings & Tapestries was a sell-out event.