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Konya Mevlana Museum 16 2003 september

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On other web sites you can read about Mevlana. His sarcophagus is in the Mevlana Museum, which is both a place of pilgrimage for many muslims as well as people of other creeds who are attracted by his teaching, and a museum, housing some very good pieces of glassware, copperware, carpets, caligraphy et cetera. In a number of rooms scenes from the daily life in the dervish world are recreated.

One out of three old prayer rugs with calligraphic inscriptions (Koranic verses) in Arabic script.
180 x 116 cm, knotted wool on wool.
Oral tradition tells that it was a wedding gift from the Seljuk sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I to Mevlana in 1224.
However, on technical and aesthetic grounds, this rug must be assigned to a later period: 16th century Ottoman.
Most probably an imperial gift (sultan Süleyman I ?), considering the exceptional quality of the work.

Correspondent: J.M.Criel, Antwerpen.
Source: ‘Konya – Mevlâna Müzesi’nde Üç Yazılı Halı ‘ (Mehmet Önder)
in: Türk Etnografya Dergisi XIX – 1991 .

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