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.
When we think about what kilims mean, the answer is far from obvious. While the term is used to describe what might be called a “Turkish rug,” or an “Anatolian rug,” there is so much hidden meaning within kilims and they are so unique to just one region that the word itself is almost untranslatable.
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.
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.”
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.
Holbein Carpets are probably the first incarnation of what would go on to become Lotto Carpets, Memlings, Bellinis, Ghirlandaios, Crivellis, and so on.
India is one of the most diverse and colorful countries in the world, with a dizzying array of cultures, art and beliefs.
Çatalhöyük is the oldest known proto-city settlement in human history. Artifacts have been discovered in this 9,000 year old site that change what we know about the history of human settlement. While it may not be as well-known or as critical as some of the other artifacts that’ve been found, for us the Anatolian kilims found are the most valuable to tell the story of both the past and the present.
Carlo Crivelli was a famous Venetian artist of the 15th century. His career is interesting in that, despite being Venetian he is often posed as a direct contrast to that of Giovanni Bellini, one of the biggest influences on Italian and Venetian Renaissance art.
Kilims in Anatolia last forever and as a result really appreciate over time, just another thing to go along with their incomparable beauty.
If “Lotto” seems like an usual name for kilims and Anatolian kilims , 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.
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.