Turkish Textiles

Figge Art Museum
225 West Second Street, Davenport, IA

The art of flatweaving in Turkey represents the intersection of functionality and creativity. Both practical and beautiful, flatwoven bags for flour, salt, and rolling pins, as well as prayer rugs, saddle bags, and tent hangings, were integral to the lives of nomadic peoples in Turkey. Each weaving offers a glimpse into the daily life of its creator—her hopes for her family, her daily labor, and her familial interaction with the spiritual. The majority of these works were created during the twentieth century, in the midst of a transition away from nomadic life in Turkey.

This exhibition was curated by Vero Rose Smith and Keith Achepohl and organized by Legacies for Iowa: A University of Iowa Museum of Art Collections-Sharing Project, supported by the Matthew Bucksbaum Family.

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Heybe (saddle bag face)

, date unknown
Wool, 32 x 35 in.
Collection of Keith Achepohl (Eugene, Oregon), 2012.1353