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Art of Wood Carving
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Wood Carving is an art made by carving wood with a sharp hand tool to form functional or decorative objects.

Wood carving is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Carving dates back to the stone ages. Early humans were using stones, bones and obviously wood for carving their tools.

Although wood is an easy-to-use material, there are not too many old samples, since it easily deforms and dissolves in nature. The Shigir Idol is the world's oldest known wood carving. It dates to the era of Mesolithic art, about 7500 BCE. There is another example from ancient Egypt in the Cairo Museum which possibly dates back to 4000 BCE. It is known that wood was in widespread use throughout all the ancient civilizations.

Wood Burning Art

Pyrography is an art; painting or ornamenting wood or some other materials by making burn marks with the help of a heated metal pen. It is also known as pokerwork or wood burning.

The word pyrography is derived from pur which means fire and graphos which means writing in old Greek. In the past, it was used to decorate or tag tools, handmade objects or kitchenware. Dates of crafts with pyrography go back to ancient Egypt and Chine. It can be said that after the 19th Century, it became a solemn art done on blank wood or leather panels or sheets.

Naht Art

Art of Naht is to apply calligraphic scripts and decorative patterns on wood by means of carving, inlaying, and illumination techniques. It transforms scripts and patterns into 3d structures using a wood or textile backdrop.

Naht is an Arabic origin word meaning carving. During the Seljuk and the Ottoman period, it is used as the original meaning. It was a part of the decoration and ornamentation of architectural works and producing decorative objects especially for religious buildings.

Art of Intarsia

Intarsia is a kind of wood art done by using different kinds of wood pieces, which have different natural colors and grains that fitted together like a mosaic to form 3D pictures and illustrations. Intarsia is, in a way, painting pictures by the natural colors and grains of wood.

It is thought that the Latin word "interserere" which means to insert, evolved into the word “Intarsia”. Another alternative for the origin of the word intarsia is that it has been derived from the Arabic tarsi’ (the act of inlaying, from the verb rassa’a – to inlay). It has emerged for the first time in Europe in Italy. Then it spread throughout Europe. Most beautiful samples have been created during the Renaissance period between 1400-1600 years. However Modern intarsia is a little bit different than ancient intarsia, it has a third dimension, depth.

Kilim Motifs

Here are the motifs that we used in our products. They are some of the most common products appear on the traditional carpets and rugs.

Wolf’s Mouth

Hands on Hips

Bird

Scorpion

Love and Unification

Star

Ram’s Horn

Handicrafts
Handicrafts have emerged in the beginning to meet the daily needs and motivation of people to exist and protect against nature. However, especially with the transition to the settled life handicrafts have gained another function for the need of adornment and decoration. Parallel to the development of handicrafts, they also started to have a communicative function. Motifs, embroideries, and colors used in handicrafts have become symbols that express emotions. Before the invention of writing, people describe nature events, forms of belief, feelings, and thoughts by symbolizing and painting them.
Kilim Collection

Traditional Turkish Handicrafts have created a rich mosaic by combining their own exclusive values with the cultural heritage of various civilizations from the thousands of years of Anatolian History. One of the most significant art branches that introduce the Turks to the world is weaving. Hand-woven carpets in traditional handicrafts have the ability to express Anatolian lifestyle from past to present with rich eloquence in visual expression.

Patterns and motifs used in traditional weaving are permanent, enduring and very rarely changing symbols and codes with their characteristics resisting centuries and geographies. Symbols are like DNA of a cultural structure. Other than being a robust part of Turkish culture, another aspect of these symbols is that they were brought to America by the migration from the Bering Strait which explains the resemblance with some symbols of Native Americans.