Eastern Anatolian Kilims

Eastern Anatolia is a fascinating place with its own unique geography and culture and daily life. This is the starting point of Mesopotamia, one of the earliest points of the history of mankind, and even today preserves the traces of the many civilizations that have passed through its lands. Eastern …

 

Cicim

One of the most important forms of Kilkitli weaving is cicim. Kilkitli weaving is one of the most common types of Anatolian weaving and produces many different kinds of kilims. These differences come in the forms of both beauty and techniques, one of the most important of which is cicim. …

 

One of the most prominent symbols of nomadic culture are the tents they live in, or as they’re referred to in Turkic languages, “yurts.” For yurts, the design, aesthetic, and details regarding regular usage offer the same and more as either regular tents or other forms of accommodation. Yurts form …

 

S for Suzani

From the Farsi word for needle, “suzan,” Suzani is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textise, some of the most outstanding examples of which may be found in Central Asia. These handmade works of art are the cultural and civilizational products of the Silk Road, which passed through Central …

 

The Tree of Life

The tree of life is amongst the oldest of legends, spanning so much history and geography, and has left its traces in all three of the major monotheistic religions. The tree of life is believed to be the source of fruit for eternal life, forbidden to mankind and the spot …

 

What Are Holbein Carpets?

Holbein Carpets are probably the first incarnation of what would go on to become Lotto Carpets, Memlings, Bellinis, Ghirlandaios, Crivellis, and so on. Essentially, these were standard, traditional forms of Anatolian kilims that Europeans came to have their own set of associations with, and therefore coined their own terms to …

 

What Are Lotto Carpets?

If “Lotto” seems like an usual name for carpets and Anatolian carpets , then it’s because it is. These carpets are stunning for their Arabesque motifs, and are actually what is typically referred to more appropriately as Arabesque Usak. However, in the 16th century these carpets that were produced in Anatolia gained popularity, …

 

Naga People

A conglomeration of several tries that live on the border of India and Myanmar, the Naga still bring the traditions of their ancestors despite changes resulting from interactions with missionaries, governmental pressures, time and technologies, and general 21st century development. However much they’ve left behind some of their practices of …

 

The Pazyryk Carpet

The 20th century is well known for many of its absolutely incredible archeological finds. One of these findings was so incredible that it changed everything we’d ever thought we knew before: The Pazyryk Carpet. Every carpet has a meaning and a story told by each and every motif. However the …

 

Yörüks

Yörüks are a nomadic people that have been around for centuries and developed a culture present both in Asia and all over the world. Today even though a significant portion of them have become more settled, there are still many traces of their nomadic culture. In Anatolia there are still …

 
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