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.
With a value not understood until recently despite it being so widespread in Anatolia, in the past few years collectors have started to notice the brilliance and beauty of the craftsmanship of these kilims and their value has started to appreciate. Traditionally, kilim motifs have gone from just being explained by word-of-mouth ideas to being the subject of very serious research projects.
Passed on over the course of generations, it was once believed that the abstract figures on all Anatolian kilims were simply thought to be aesthetic. But the cave paintings at Çatalhöyük forced researches to question the beliefs they’d held before the discovery. Now in Anatolia one finds traces of the Mother Goddess figure all over but after the Çatalhöyük discoveries people began to see how well-known motifs were actually representations of Anatolia’s Mother Goddess. It became increasingly clear that these representations were passed between generations and that the motifs are much older than previously believed.
Until recently the kilims that formed a pastime of culture were valued at far below their worth, though now these works of art and motifs are seen as truly representations of the history of civilizations itself. It’s likely that both the monetary value and spiritual value will rise as research continues into these lovely and precious works of Anatolian craftsmanship.