A Study Of The Colors, Motifs And Compositions Of The Kirşehir Prayer Rugs Preserved In The Museum Of The Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Foundation
ÖZDEMİR, Hande Ayşegül
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The aim of this study is to specify and to document the characteristics of the Kırşehir prayer rugs that are registered in the inventory of the Museum of the Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Foundation. It focuses on their techniques, colors, motifs and compositions. The study was carried out using the screening method. Its sample included the 24 prayer rugs that are on display in the museum’s showroom. The dimensions, techniques, motifs and compositions of the rugs were specified. They were photographed, and information forms were prepared. Tables were formed and interpreted based on the assessment of the information forms. The findings indicated that the prayer rugs date to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Woolen thread and the Turkish knot were used in the weaving process. With regard to the rugs' composition, the mihrabs were positioned in single direction. The color white was commonly used both in the rugs' backgrounds and the motifs. Their motifs included 51 different types in five categories: geometric, symbolic, floral, objects and animals. Kırşehir prayer rugs are the most beautiful examples of Turkish culture, and their conservation in the Museum of the Şeyh Şaban-ı Veli Foundation is very important for the preservation of Turkey’s culture.
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