Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Natural wool coloured with natural dyes; Gördes knot; symmetrical knot
L: 246cm, W: 608cm
Middle Anatolia, Konya Seljuq Rug
This rug, found in the Konya Aladdin Mosque exhibits the richness of motif and colour of the Seljuq rugs. It is unique from others in the “Konya Group” because of its background colour and octagonal decoration. The characteristic kufic border is evidence of its origin. The main border is framed with a thin border of blue and brown lines. Pairs of stylized kufic letters in white are in the main border on a red background. Octagon shapes on the red background go to infinity. The inside of the motifs are dark red. The camel’s foot motif inside the octagons are made with a dark contour.
The analyses of the material and the technique used for weaving the rug and the motifs seen on main ground and borders.
From the Konya Sultan Aladdin Mosque
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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;4;en&id=carpets
Prepared by: Deniz Kanberoğlu, M. Murat Bozcu
Copyedited by: Lisa Kelman
MWNF Working Number: TR1_004