Friday, September 26, 2014

Minnet Bozdemir writes about The art of Turkish carpet

Galleri Selcuk

minnet bozdemirThe art of Turkish carpet weaving first started in central Asia. The oldest known "knotted" carpet (5th BC) was discovered in the Pazyryk valley, about 5000 feet up on the Altai Mountains in Siberia.

Certainly, the people of the Altai Mountains, in the Scythian era, lived a lifestyle that was economically dependant on animal husbandry. With the materials garnered from their cattle, goats, sheep and horses, they made felt to cover the outside of their nomadic dwellings, called yurts. Surely they would have used the same materials to cover their earthen floors, protecting themselves from the cold, harsh conditions of Siberia.

The 6’0” X 6’6” carpet is made with an average knot count of 225 knots per square inch. It is made of a wool pile, knotted around a wool base and displays a skill matching the artistry of contemporary weavers.

As a reflection of their mythology and “animal husbandry” lifestyle, geometrical patterns and animal figures has been clearly seen on the carpet.
minnet bozdemir

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