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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:

681

Material(s) / Technique(s):

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

Dimensions:

L: 285cm, W: 520cm

Period / Dynasty:

Anatolian Seljuq

Provenance:

Middle Anatolia, Konya

Description:

This is an outstanding example of the “Konya Group”. It is considered one of the earliest Turkish rugs found in the Konya Aladdin Mosque in Anatolia. The main border bears large stylized green kufic letters which are contoured with white on a dark blue background. This design gives a monumental image to the rug. Such monumental kuficscript borders are characteristic of Seljuq rugs. The thin border framing the main border inside and out has eight‒cornered dark blue crosses. The stylized double diamond infinity motifs are a dark red on a light red background. One end of the double diamond motif is open and looks like tongs. The motifs have blue dots in the middle.

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 Sanatının Bin Yılı, Istanbul: Eren Yayınları, 1987: 18.
Denny, Walter, and Tekeli, Gönül, Anadolu Dokuma Mirası, Istanbul: C.2, 2007, s.23, Kat.no.1.
Erdmann, Kurt, Seven Hundred Years of Orıental Carpets, London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1970: 102.
Kollektif, Türk El Dokuması Halılar, Ankara: Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı Yayınları, Cilt 1, Katalog no: 99.
Şahin, Seracettin, Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi: Emevilerden Osmanlılara 13 Asırlık Ihtişam, Istanbul: Kaynak Yayınları, 2009: 131‒135.

Citation of this web page:

Deniz Kanberoğlu, M. Murat Bozcu "Seljuq Rug" in [Discover Carpet Art] , Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;DCA;tr;Mus31;2;en&id=religious_life

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

MWNF Working Number: TR1_002