The Nomads Way of Transmitting History, Rugs

The Nomads Way of Transmitting History, Rugs

As humanity, it has been one of the primary and natural behaviors of our vital instincts to define, protect and to transfer our identity and though our heritage to future generations. In the settled life tradition, this transfer is relatively more accessible than in the nomadic life tradition.

The reason for this is quite apparent. The Nomads are in constant move...

The main livelihoods of people in settled life were agriculture, trade and animal husbandry. They have established cities, lived in houses. Therefore, they have built architectural works and been able to build monuments. They have been able to transfer their culture, customs and traditions to future generations with various written and concrete works.

However, the situation is different in nomadic communities. Since they are not fixed in a particular place, people live in tents and have no stamina. They do not have written works. In other words, nomads had and perhaps still have much less material to convey their culture.

Anatolian Rugs (so called Turkish rug and kilims in general use), on the other hand, have been one of the limited materials that nomads have carried with them for centuries. For this reason, the importance of the symbols and motifs in flat weavings and rugs is not only aesthetic.

Nomadic societies have transferred and continue to convey their lives, traditions, histories, and stories. In short, their whole lives to generations with anecdotes, stories and legends through symbols on flat woven rugs; kilim, cicim, zili, sumak and so on.

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