Art is an artist’s way of telling a story through the medium he or she choses.

One can only be inspired of one’s beliefs, one’s life and one’s surroundings. Weaving is an appropriate medium for such creations.

Weaving has existed in Anatolia for thousands of years and the continuation of this tradition till today is strong proof of its heritage. Early findings indicate that weaving already occured in Anatolia as early as the Neolithic period. The earliest trace of carbonized flax material found in Çatalhöyük dates back to 6000 BC. Anatolia saw many different civilizations come through over the centuries resulting in rich and varied traditions. The motifs of rugs are the biggest heritage passed onto weavers from their ancestors. From East to West, the compositions of different motifs and color schemes in weavings are related to the weavers’ surroundings.

The fame of Anatolian weaving has exceeded its borders and arrived in Europe many centuries ago. Palaces were decorated with our rugs and museum collections were embellished with this beauty to attract more visitors.

A cultural tool for new dialogues! In June 2024, ICOC XV aims to gather all rug enthusiasts to share their passion and learn more!

Ayse teyze in the village of Taşkale said “We learned weaving from our great grandmothers. As little girls, when we came home from school, we would sit at the loom and weave”.

Kiymet hanim from Ayvacik, Canakkale claimed “Weaving is like a meditation in which I find relief.”

Gulnaz hanim from Savsat founded a workshop to encourage local women to weave and make a living. “My mom is a great example for weaving objects and earning money for her children’s schooling.”

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Central Anatolia

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Southeast Anatolia

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West Anatolia