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Name of Object:

Seljuq Rug

Location:

Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

Date:

13th century

Type of object:

Rug

Museum Inventory Number:

683a, 692, 693

Material(s) / Technique(s):

Natural wool coloured with natural dyes; Gördes knot; symmetrical knot

Dimensions:

L: 123cm, W: 226cm

Period / Dynasty:

Anatolian Seljuq

Provenance:

Middle Anatolia, Konya

Description:

A “Konya Group” rug found in the Konya Aladdin Mosque and acquired by the museum in 1911. The condition of this rug is poor, nevertheless it is possible to perceive the general decoration. The rug is in three pieces, the remaining parts of a large carpet. The main border is wide and light red in colour. Stylized kuficletters in dark red are contoured with brown and placed side by side. The main border is separated from the basic ground by a yellow band framed with a narrow brown line. The dark blue ground is a diamond pattern with hooked ends. There are small heart shapes in their middle of these diamond shapes. Seljuq rugs were commonly woven in large sizes. They were decorated in plain geometric patterns, generally with a small number of colours in various shades contrasted with a wide kufic border.

How date and origin were established:

The analyses of the material and the technique used for weaving the rug and the motifs seen on main ground and borders.

How Object was obtained:

From the Konya Sultan Aladdin Mosque

Selected bibliography:

Aslanapa, Oktay, Türk Halı Sanatı’nın Bin Yılı,Istanbul: Eren Yayınları, 1987: 13‒22.
Denny, Walter, and Tekeli, Gönül, Anadolu Dokuma Mirası, Istanbul: C.2, 2007: 25, Kat. No: 3.
Kollektif, Türk El Dokuması Halılar, Ankara: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Yayınları, Cilt 3, Katalog no: 303.
Şahin, Seracettin, Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi: Emevilerden Osmanlılara 13 Asırlık İhtişam, Istanbul: Kaynak Yayınları, 2009: 135‒136.

Citation of this web page:

Deniz Kanberoğlu, M. Murat Bozcu "Seljuq Rug" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2018. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;tr;Mus31;3;en&id=carpets

Prepared by: Deniz Kanberoğlu, M. Murat Bozcu
Copyedited by: Lisa Kelman

MWNF Working Number: TR1_003