The historical relationship between the shawls of Gurun and Iran

Imer Z.

ASIAN FOLKLORE STUDIES, cilt.64, ss.261-277, 2005 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 64 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.261-277


About a thousand years ago, Turks settled in Anatolia. Along the way, while migrating from Central Asia, they established a common concept of culture and arts in every country they claimed to be under Turkish sovereignty. For this reason it is possible to find the same motifs in the arts of Anatolia and Central Asia. When Turkmen (Oguzlar) who had once settled in Turkestan (Horasan and Kirman areas) moved westward, they formed the foundation of the relationship between Iran and Anatolia. This is why much artwork found along this migration route has common Turkish and Iranian features. An example in point are the shawls woven in Sivas-Gurun in Turkey in the nineteenth century that share common features with shawls made in the Kesan and Kirman regions of Iran from the same period.