Seljuk Konya rugs – lecture by Roberta Marin in London

Category: Lectures

The Oriental Rug and Textile Society of Great Britain has organised a lecture by Roberta Marin ‘Konya rugs: the story of the enigmatic masterpieces produced in Seljuk Anatolia’. The lecture will take place Wednesday 9 November 2022 at 19.00 in University Women’s Club in Mayfair London. Non-members are welcome to join the event for a small fee.

From the analysis of 18 surviving fragments that make up the group of Seljuk carpets known as ‘Konya’, it is reasonable to conclude that the carpets woven by the Seljuks of Rum in Anatolia were large in size, had a specific colour palette and were decorated with the same repertoire of geometric patterns and pseudo-Arabic inscriptions. Some important questions, however, have remained unanswered to this day, especially regarding the dates and extent of production. In this talk by Roberta Marin the magnificent “Konya carpets” will be illustrated and their fascinating history reconstructed.

Seljuk carpet fragment
Seljuk carpet fragment, Konya, Central Anatolia

Roberta Marin completed her BA in Fine Arts in Italy and holds an MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean area and her field of interest includes Mamluk art and architecture, the history of Oriental carpets and Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab world and Iran.

Location and more information: Oriental Rug and Textile Society of Great Britain, The University Women’s Club 2 Audley Square, South Audley Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 1DB

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