Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Anatolian Textiles in Transylvania

Classic gül (rose/flower) and cross design

Today I went to the Sabanci Museum in Emirgan with my friend Alex. This is an exhibit made for grandma. It was all Turkish carpets or embroderies from our region that were taken to Romania, the Transylvania area, to be displayed in churches when they all broke away from the Catholics and whitewashed their churches. Apparently around the 15th century they got bored with white and started importing vast numbers of Turkish, Turkmen, and other Turkic tribes textiles. Some of the pieces were really phenomenal!

Embroidery from Dagistan (southern Russia)

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