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Konya Turkey

Konya (Konieh, Koniyeh, Koniah), a city in Asia Minor. It was the capital of the pashalik of Karaman, which includes the greater part of Phrycia and Pamphylia, Konya is situated in a wide plain in 37* 54' N. lat., 32° 4V E. long, 305 miles E. by S. from Smyrna, and the same distance S.E. from Constantinople (Istanbul). Prior to the Ottomen conquest it was on of the Turkmen Border States that were tributaries of the Mamluk empire based in Egypt.  Konya was part of the Mamluk Egyptian  empire for longer then it was part of  Ottoman Turkey and far longer then it has been part of Turkey.

Konya rugs are one of the largest and most important groups of the Central Anatolian rug group. I suspect that some of the rugs we call Konya Rugs are actually from the surrounding area. The Turkman influence in older Konya rugs is very strong. In fact the older the rug generally the stronger the use of Turkman iconography. To complicate the matter however there is evidence that many Armenians converted to Islam and became part of the Turkman people.  Harold Keshishian pointed out to me that many vestiges of Christianity remained in the culture long after the people lost conscious memory of their heritage.  We see this in such things as cruciform tattoos and crosses on top of their loaves of bread.

Konya Area Map

Konya Area Map

Yellow Ground Konya Fragment 17th C. Nagel Lot 15

Yellow Ground Konya Fragment 17th C. Nagel Lot 15

A Konya prayer rug, circa 1875,

A Konya prayer rug, circa 1875,

 

Seljuk Ersari/Azari Turkmen rugs

Konya is the center of Turkey's greatest carpet regions. Examples of Seljuk rugs have been identified from Konya dating to the 13th and 14th centuries. The Seljuk were the Elite clan of the Ersari/Azari Turkmen confederation whoruled most of Central Anatloia until the Mongol invasion in the 11th century.

See my Notes on the Seljuks for more information on the Seljuk

Seljuk Ersari/Azari Turkmen rugs

http://www.mfa.gov.tr/grupc/cj/cja/Seljuk.htm

18th C. Konya Fragment Rippon-Boswell lot 115

18th C. Konya Fragment Rippon-Boswell lot 115

  • Ancient city in Asia Minor, the modern Konya, Turkey. In ancient times it was known as Phrygia, Lycaonia, Cappadocia, and the Roman province of Galatia. The apostle Paul visited the city where he converted part of the Greek and Jewish population and established one of the seven important churches. Iconium reached it's peak as a Christian city in the third century.
  • It was a weaving center since at least the Seljuk invasion in the eleventh century.
  • From 1063 to 1309 it was the capital of the Seljuk Turks.

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