Into the Turkish Carpet School

 It is said that the best rugs in the world can only be found in Konya, and the most valuable silk rugs in the world are displayed in the Mufrana Museum in Konya. In the 13th century, Marco Polo came here and wrote in his book: “The best and most beautiful carpets in the world can only be found in Turkey.” Over the years, Konya has become almost synonymous with Turkish carpets. Not long ago, I came to this ancient city on the Cappadocia Plateau in central Turkey. Its unique natural scenery, gorgeous and poignant Seljuk palaces and mosques, and simple folk customs all exude a unique atmosphere, making it difficult for me to visit. forget. Especially after visiting a famous carpet school in Konya, I finally understood that carpet art is the essence of Turkey’s profound folk culture. It can be said that through beautiful handmade carpets, we can see this ancient country past, present and future.
  Turkish carpets date back to the Bronze Age around 3000 BC. The Persians learned this technique from the Medes, the ancient ancestors of the Turks, in the 5th century BC. Carpet fragments unearthed from Mount Alta in 1949 have been proven by archaeologists to be the work of the Medes. There is still a folk song on the plateau of Cappadocia:
  ”O the winding paths, covered with vibrant carpets, depicting the festivities of festivals and feasts. They come from afar. It was prepared by the guests, stacked on top of each other, just outside the door leading to the palace.”
  Walking into the carpet school feels more like a museum, with dazzling pieces of fine rugs hanging on the walls and laying on the floor. It can be said that every rug is a painting, a beautiful work of art. According to the staff, the early carpet patterns reflected the life of local nomads. Despite the wind and rain and the change of dynasties, the way of life of people in the plateau pastoral areas does not seem to have changed much. The composition is simple and natural, the colors are mainly warm and cold, and some original totems and marks are also retained. This type of carpet is antique, simple and elegant, and is still the main creative theme of folk artists. Many tourists will buy one or two. They usually reluctant to spread them on the ground. They often put the rugs in picture frames and hang them on the wall as works of art to enjoy. In the dead of night, they may hear the singing of the shepherds from the vast plateau. Another source of creation of some carpets comes from business travel culture. As an important part of the ancient Silk Road, Turkey has the characteristics of two major civilizations in Asia and Europe. From the composition, we can easily understand this slightly conflicting design idea. The gorgeous geometric symmetrical combination pattern has the charm of the European court. Coupled with the meticulous images of flowers, birds and plants with oriental colors, it is beautiful and is an absolute fine art. Over time, folk artists have also absorbed the characteristics of other artistic creations, including architecture, decoration, embroidery, pottery, stone carving, etc., whether Eastern or Western, can be combined well and show unique artistic concept.
  After years of development, Kongya Carpet School is not just a simple school, but a cultural industry group integrating teaching, exhibition, trade, tourism and leisure. The girls who make carpets are the most beautiful scenery. They vary in age. Most of them have a certain foundation to further their studies. After they are skilled in the skills, they can bring “apprentices”. be preserved and prospered. Here, visitors can personally experience the traditional craftsmanship that has been passed down for thousands of years. Although silk and cotton are also available in addition to wool, wool is still the most traditional raw material. Spring and autumn are good times to shear wool. Wool has different uses in different seasons. Spring is mainly used as the baseline for weaving carpets, and autumn is used for weaving patterns. Before the wool is coloured, it is washed, freed of dirt and salt, dried and then combed on a special comb to preserve the most delicate parts. Folk carpet weaving is generally carried out in winter after the busy farming season. There are two types of weaving machines: discrete and horizontal. The products in the carpet school are all from this traditional and ancient wooden machine. Of course, it is inseparable from those hearts. The meticulous weaving of the skillful Turkish girls, I think, they are weaving not only an ancient story, but a vibrant present and future. There is a very comfortable lounge in the back garden of the carpet school. Guests who have “aesthetic fatigue” may wish to drink a cup of authentic Turkish coffee or wine from the mountains of Anatolia, and then taste the taste of hookah. Sometimes enthusiastic students will meet Tell you a story about tulips and emeralds. I just met a young Turkish guy with a sweet smile who said he had always dreamed of visiting China along the Silk Road. “Don’t forget to bring a Turkish rug, it’s the best gift for the Chinese people!” I told him.

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