20th April - 22. May 2004 ANATOLIA
- Early Textile Art 17th - 19th century
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ANATOLIA - Early Textile
Art from 17th - 19th century
Due to the Anatolian tradition
of donating flat weaves and carpets to mosques, more textile artefacts have
survived over centuries in Anatolia than in any other part of the world.
Village rugs and carpets, in particular kilims from the 17th-19th century
excel by their dazzling colours and archaic symbols, following ancient patterns.
Symbolic motifs survived almost without any modifications until the 19th
century, because the traditional kilim was never subject to any trendy economical
dictates. Several examples from the 14th century (carbon dated) and from
similar regions give evidence of this continuity. Patterns and colours of
non-commercial village rugs also indicate a very long tradition.
The gallery is presenting more than twenty valuable museum pieces, giving
evidence of this almost forgotten culture: the oldest exhibit is half of
a Hotamish kilim from the 17th century. I have not seen the other half nor
any similar pieces.
Some other outstanding exhibits are a Saf kilim (ca. 1800) from the Sivas
region, long pile rugs from Kappadokia (18th cent.), and Kurdish carpets
from Central Anatolia (18th cent.)
You will enjoy these and many more exceptional 17th-19th century exhibits
from various collections and from holdings of the gallery KELIM.