The Nomads Tent

The Nomads Tent
21–23 St Leonard's Lane, Edinburgh, EH8 9SH
  • Telephone 0131 662 1612
  • Opening times Mon–Sat 10am–5pm; Sun noon–4pm.
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Established in 1983 by Rufus Reade, The Nomads Tent is a shop gallery space. Our small team import directly from sources in Iran, India, Turkey and elsewhere in Asia, where we try to collect interesting and authentic things. An Aladdin's Cave of tribal art, selling everything from rugs, runner and kilims, to furniture, jewellery textiles and ceramics. We hold regular exhibitions at the shop and in other spaces in conjunction with outside groups.

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Baharat: Spices of Eastern Music

Duo Hyperborea, Boozoolia and the newly formed Syn Music Group entertain with a taste of Persian, Turkish and Greek music.

Wed 3 May

£6 (£5) / 0131 662 1612

Part of Ottoman Horizons festival.

The Evliya Celebi Way: Caroline Finkel

Caroline Finkel introduces the hiking/biking/riding trail based on Evliya Celebi's pilgrimage journey through northwest Turkey en route to Mecca in 1671.

Wed 10 May

£6 / 0131 662 1612

Part of Ottoman Horizons Festival.

The Market: A Tale of Trade

  • 2008
  • Germany/Turkey/UK/Kazakhstan
  • 93 min
  • Directed by: Ben Hopkins
  • Written by: Ben Hopkins
  • Cast: Tayanç Ayaydin, Genco Erkal, Senay Aydin

Turkish satirical comedy tells the story of a small-time entrepreneur who hatches a scheme to hoist himself up the ladder of success.

Mon 8 May

£6 Entry price is donation to global humanitarian aid agency. / 0131 662 1612

Part of Ottoman Horizons Festival.

The Nomads Tent Symposium 2017: Travellers and Treasures of the Ottoman World

Talks about Ottoman history. Proceeds go towards assisting victims of The Syrian Civil War.

Sat 6 May

One Light: Poetry and Stories of Jelaluddin Rumi with Storytellers Ashley Ramsden and Flora Pethybridge

Informal dinner with vegetarian option, Turkish dessert and chai followed by poetry and stories of the Sufi poet Jelaluddin Rumi (1207–1273).

Thu 4 May

£15 suggested donation price (includes dinner) / 0131 662 1612

Part of Ottoman Horizons festival.

Ottoman artefacts in the NMS Collections Centre

Friederike Voigt, NMS Senior Curator Middle East & South Asia, presents this look at Ottoman Turkish ceramics, textiles and metalwork items from the reserve collection.


The exhilarating and lively klezmer ensemble perform a hybrid of Eastern European/Balkan and gypsy sounds.

Fri 5 May

£14 (£12; under 16s £5) / 0131 662 1612

Part of Ottoman Horizons.

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