© Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi © Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi

Name of Object:

Seljuq Rug


Istanbul, Turkey

Holding Museum:

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts


13th century

Type of object:


Museum Inventory Number:


Material(s) / Technique(s):

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


L: 240cm, W: 320cm

Period / Dynasty:

Anatolian Seljuq


Middle Anatolia, Konya


Carpets from the 13th century Aladdin Mosque in Konya are known as the “Konya Group”. They were identified in 1906 as the first finds from this period. These carpets are of key importance in the history of World Carpet Art. This example was specially woven to be used in a mosque. It is decorated with religious motifs andkuficwriting. A light blue eight‒pointed star design on a dark blue background covers the entire central field. The main border is divided into square sections with stylisedkufic characters arranged back‒to‒back in light red on a dark red ground. On the small borders, bird motifs are stylized to form leaves on branches.

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: 16‒19.
Denny, Walter, and Tekeli, Gönül, Anadolu Dokuma Mirası,Istanbul: C.2, 2007, 26, Kat.no.4.
Erdmann, Kurt, Seven Hundred Years of Orıental Carpets, London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1970: 41‒43.
Kollektif, Türk El Dokuması Halılar, Ankara: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Yayınları, Cilt 1, Katalog no: 4.
Ölçer, Nazan ve Öte., Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi, Istanbul: Akbank Yayınları, 2000: 144.

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;1;en&id=religious_life

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

MWNF Working Number: TR1_001