THE symbolism of ancient weavings made by nomadic tribes will be explored at a lecture, hosted by the Arts Society Isle of Wight.

Lecturer Brian MacDonald will give The Lost Language lecture at Quay Arts on Thursday (May 16), looking at weavings from Persia and Central Asia.

The nomadic peoples of the region were pre-Islamic and believed in Shamanism — magical, cosmic and talismanic symbols played a major part in their everyday lives, and symbols featured heavily in their rugs and weavings.

It was a language that only they could read, expressing their beliefs and interpretations of events.

Doors open at 6pm for refreshments and food, the lecture starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door, students go free.

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