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Gallery KELIM Würzburg

15 Sept. - 7 Nov. 2009

Village Carpets from Asia Minor

18th -20th Century

The tradition of knotted carpets roots in folk art. In contrast to kilims, carpets became highly sought-after merchandise. Ever since, colour, design, format and execution of carpets had to be submitted to the relevant spirit of the times. Village carpets had formerly been worked at home, on small knotting-looms, and they served for personal use. They changed in character, however, according to changing fashion. During the day, the women often worked in carpet factories, where they learnt to knot new, "up to date" motifs and patterns. At home, they then incorporated in the traditional village carpets what they had learnt at the factory. (Occasionally, these pieces were offered for sale, too.).Unique pieces of lively character resulted from the mix of traditional and modern designs.
The exhibition presents more than forty village carpets from Anatolia, giving the viewer a vivid image of Asia Minor's past.

Herki, 19th ct.

Kozak, 19th ct.

Monastir, midd 19th ct.

Bergama, 19th ct.

Kappadokia 18th ct.

Central Anatolia, 19th ct.

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