Byzas
Constantinus
Theodosius II
Justinianos I
Mehmet II
Süleyman
Atatürk

It was also partially through their encouragement, endless knowledge and expertise in Decorating Arts, that we have insisted on going ahead with our project. This experience has been the nucleus of our project, although Ms. Kurfeyz’s homemade cookies served with tea have caused a few extra pounds at the end of our cooperation. I have to admit my way of judging the art of weaving in total has strongly been influenced by the two authorities following our being together, building up the various aspects of originality in gilding and decorating. Projecting the design was going to be managed by these two, therefore no hassle or bad feelings, however, now it was time to search for an appropriate “Theme”.
An author, an artist, a designer is mostly affected by the environment in which he(she) lives. Being born and raised in Istanbul, I took this advantage to my side. Take a look around, you will soon detect either a Byzantine remain on one side of the area, facing to an Ottoman remain on the opposite. What an outstanding exception for a project designer to live in such an environment with all the pluses in this field.
Istanbul With Her Seven Hills & Seven Ruler. We have decided to focus on seven personalities from the past history. Those who have played the major role in shaping her past historic background, especially with their decisions during critical eras in past centuries, namely: Byzas, Constantine (I), Theodosius (II), Justinian & wife Theodora; Mehmet II (The Conqueror), Süleyman I & wife Roxelana; and finally Mustafa Kemal ATATÜRK.
Our experts Ms. Kurfeyz & Mr. Sağlam went ahead with their study in gilding and decorating during the eras when the above mentioned were in office and/or in power, as I had to do my part in investigating the additions to the city during those rulers’ active years. Being an old guide gave me extra hints in investigation period, through which I gathered some coded knowledge and related legends. I made a bundle out of those. During our personal work & emphasis on “Hand Knotted Rugs” acceptance as a “Work of Art”, we have taken ideas and motivation from two exceptional surveying Professors, who have done previous research work on this subject namely: Mr. Zeki Faik İzer and Mr. Devrim Erbil have given us also the high hopes to go ahead with the project. I would like to draw your attention to this important fact: Since our production is far away from the usual commercially produced rugs, and should be considered as “Exceptional Work of Art”, the production is limited to 77 pieces finished from each design. The idea behind this booklet of mine, presented to you, comprises of knowledge filtered through special books on the subject, aiming to guide you with facts & figures, helping you to accept and appreciate the precious and rare type of hand-knotted piled rugs.


Korhan Islamcıoğlu

Dear Art Fan,

I was introduced to hand- knotted piled rugs during my youth, while guiding and never knew this was going to be a lifetime passion. Creativity with various colors and materials and producing the beauty; all this was in this art.
I am a person highly interested in fine arts. Through this interest, whether it be within the borders of my country or abroad, I have visited many… Art- Galleries and Exhibition Halls over the years, where I have admired the created beauties by different artists, from present and past. Mankind has always looked forward to create the best to become everlasting, with different ideas, different materials during different period through history. The aim being always the same: producing the immortal and beating the countries ahead.
One thing was always bothering me though, why on earth did those galleries and exhibition halls not have an example of a finely crafted hand-knotted piled rug? Why weren’t they categorized as an art object and their designers and/or weavers named as artists? Imagine fitting 400 knots into a single square centimeter. Take for example a pencil in your hand and try to fit 400 points into that space. You will surely realize what I mean by this challenge.
According to historic background the first hand-knotted rug was finished approximately 2700 years ago, named after the region where it was found, as Pazyrk, quite an astonishing example with close to perfect condition including the colors of the fabric after all these years, is owed to the fact it was kept frozen within the glacier where it was found in northern Siberia, now on display within the National Museum of Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. I have stepped forward to bring this issue to the interests of different Art – enthusiasts around the globe. Having 400 knots per square centimeter (2581 knots/sq. inch), plus varying tones of nearly 80 colors building up the projected design in full glory, definitely deserves to be called an art-item, don’t you agree? An extraordinary effort of creating a density like 250 knots/sq. cm (1612 knots/sq. inch) to 400 knots/sq. cm (2581 knots/sq. inch) well deserved an extraordinary project to start with, and maybe a little contrary to the usual classical design concept.
We had in our personal design collection well over 400 individual designs to work with, but none of them were samples finished by artists and/or specialists in this sector. The main idea behind the new project was to create something well out of ordinary; otherwise it was going to be labeled as handicraft, rather than an unusual work of art. The aim was clear at this stage: first the unusual project had to be created; followed by reflecting it to the weaving step. This was the philosophy to start with, which has outlined the borders of our project.
Our search in originality went on until we had the privilege to be presented to the two top authorities in Turkish-Islamic Gilding and Decorating Arts, namely Ms. Nilüfer Kurfeyz and Mr. Selim Sağlam.