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1.1 - The story of Carpets

The richest collections of antique, knotted handmade carpets are found in the Istanbul Museum of turkish and Islamic Arts, the Vakif Carpet Museum in the Blue Mosque, and the Konya Mevlana Museum.During the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries, handmade Turkish carpets were prized possessions of the noble and wealthy families of Europe. Surviving carpets of this era, are now on display in museums.

For the last century or more, handmade knotted carpets have been a subject of research fof. experts and art historians. Great numbers of books and journals have been published on the subject, showing that the making of handmade carpets is an important art form.

The spread of knowledge through such publications has caused an increased demand for fine carpets.Carpets are produced in an area extending from the Mediterranean coast of Turkey to the steppes of Central Asia, and authorities conclude that the art of weaving knotted carpets, was introduced by Turkish nomadic tribes and craftsmen.


1.2 - Care of Carpets & Kilims

Handmade carpets are used either as rugs or wall hangings. To preserve their beauty and durability, constant care is necessary. In order to control the bleeding of the colours later, quality carpets are marketed after a special washing. The pile attracts dust and dirt, therefore, regular cleaning is required to keep the carpets bright and attractive.

Vacuum cleaners used in homes, are ideal for cleaning handmade carpets as they suck away the dust and dirt Carpets which have not been cleaned properly for many years should be sent to professional carpet cleaners Handmade carpets should not be cleaned like machine made, wall-to- wall carpets. Moisture, grease and moths are the enemies of carpets. Wet carpets should be dried immediately in shade. From time to time, carpets may be wiped with a damp sponge or a white piece of cloth dipped iQ soapy water , in the same direction.

Care must be taken not to get the underside of the carpet wet. A hairdryer may be used to dry damp carpets. Handmade carpets are a part of everyday life and naturally , they are used a lot. When not used for a certain period of time, they should be rolled with moth balls, wrapped in a piece of cloth and stored in a dry place. Worn-out fringes may be replaced in time. Carpets should be repaired by experts only .


1.3 - Language of Motifs in Handmade Turkish Carpets and Rugs

Ram Horn: Symbol of power
Cypress: Symbol of eternity and tree of life
Wheel of fortune: Symbol of fate
Chest: Symbol of a maidens trousseau
Grain: Symbol of abundance
Eye: A motif used to keep the evil away

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