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Dear friends,
We are always happy to answer your questions concerning the items displayed in our online store, as well as to assist you in any questions about the items you may have.

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Hello
I bought this 20 years ago at a Carpet store called Alternatif Kusadasi/Aydin. I couldn’t afford a carpet but couldn’t leave without this piece. It still takes my breathe away. My OLD brain remembers being told it was kept on the ba

Anything you could tell would be most appreciated, Denise

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Dear Denise,

Your name is written in interesting way – We sue it as DENIZ which means sea. This hanging item you have is an evil eye destroyer which is used by Mostly Kurdish tribes and some Turkmen tribes in Anatolia. They used to come out up until 1980s when nomadic life was still going on. Unfortunately, the one you have is not an old one – Made in 90s in the town of GAZIANTEP by a Family and distributed to market to be sold visiting tourists. I have few original of them from early years. I can send you images. This was a common shape made in those years for the market. Cowry shells, buttons and some other pieces were added to make them look interesting. They belong to mostly South eastern Kurdish tribes in Turkey. It looks like a nice one and take care of it and hang it somewhere where it can be seen by your visitors.

Best regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

Vedat,

You are so kind, knowledgeable, and generous. Thank you kindly. I will keep your information on display with the wonderful item.

Warmly, Deniz

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Hello
I used to have several Uzbekistanian tassels. Unfortunately I did not have much info on them and sold them cheap. I have one piece left. A black tassel with a silver. Decorated top. Can you tell me any info at all? Please and thank you..

Karen

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Dear Karen,

It would be better to see the whole piece but from what I can see, it looks like from South Uzbekistan SHURKANDARYA province. The metal part can even be silver. If you rub hard your finger on it and your finger starts getting dark greyish color – that means it is silver. If it does not leave any gray/blackish stain, it is metal.

Best regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

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Hello
Trying to learn about this family heirloom, I came upon your website and hope you might be able to tell me about it. I think it is a Turkish bath (Hammam) bowl, made in Syria, and perhaps copper with a tin coating. It was probably in our family since about 100 years ago. There is a similar one which also had a grandparent’s name inscribed.

Thanks kindly for any thoughts you can provide, Edward

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Dear Edward,

Turkey converted to Latin ALPHABET in 1928. Since we see the Latin stamp “Made in Syria”. The fashion of putting a stamp “Made in…” is not before second WW in eastern world. This what I am thinking. It looks like copper with a tin as you said. Earlier ones has more design in general. This can even be made earlier and stamped later. But the beauty of it is the center design which is a pinwheel motif- meaning continuation of life. So, the owner is wishing and expecting a long life to him/herself by owning and using it. But Pinwheel is very common design used by Turks. You know Pinwheel originated from INDIA. It dates very back in documents in India. It is an amazing beautiful motif.. Hitler ruined it by using it in Second WORLD WAR and it became very unpopular. As you brought to attention, crescent moon shape motif is Islamic and used by Turkic tribes before converting to Islam while they were Shamanist. Here it is used as Islamic symbol.

Best regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

Vedat,

Thank you for your sharing your thoughtful comments in such a wonderful manner! You’ve made this so nice to think about.
I took one more photo, closer up, so you may see the six designs with crescents which surround the many circles. I would be interested in learning about those. My guess is perhaps symbolic of the Ottoman Empire, or the Fertile Crescent. Also, I don’t know if you can see, there seems to be script (perhaps Arabic?) just below the Made in Syria stamp.

With much appreciation, Edward

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Can you identify where it from?

Thank you so much, Phichak

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Dear Phichak,

Yes, it is from Northwest of Iran – made by a tribe called Shahsavan. Made for keeping Salt blocks to mix with animal food. Woven in Sumak flat weave technique. It is hanging in correct way even if animals upside down. It is designed for user so that he/she can see the animal motifs in correct direction when looking and working out of his/her neck. It is most probably made before Second World War. We could tell better if there would be better detailed images showing back side and close up and even inside.

Best regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

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Hello:
I have what appears to be an old Turkish/Iznik “Sitki” clay pottery container.
Because my great grandfather owned this particular object it was acquired before 1930 since he passed away that year.
He spent time in Algeria (1895), China(1900-1901) and the Middle East (1900 through 1920 between 1895 and 1920.
Thank you for your help.

Sincerely, Ralph

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Dear Ralph,

Ceramic artist, SITKI OLCAR was born in 1948 and died in 2010. So, the date it was acquired before 1930 is wrong. Yes, it looks like one of his pieces.. and signature looks like his. It is a nice small cup for drinking cold liquid water or etc.

It looks like one of his early pieces.. His workshop is still going on – You can contact his daughter NIDA OLCER at their web site. https://sitki.com.tr/nida-olcar-urunler/ in case you want to sell this item.

Thank you for contacting us. Wishing you happy Holiday season..

Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

Dear Vedat Karadag:
Thank you very much for kindly responding to my question.
I shall contact Nida Olcar as you suggested.

Sincerely, Ralph

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Good day,
I am from South Africa (Cape Town). I have recently acquired an antique ceramic bowl, that as far as I can trace has its origins from Turkey. I have attached a couple photos and dimensions of the bowl. Would you be able to assist with a positive identification or some info on this bowl?
Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards from South Africa, Heston

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Dear Heston,

From the images your plate looks like from KUTAHYA not Iznik. Iznik ceramics ended in late 17th century and Kutahya followed it by copying its designs and style with a lower degree quality. And yet, Older Kutahya with quartz in it are pretty nice. If your plate is heavy for its size it must be made with quartz which is a very strong mineral and makes the item much more valuable than one made with plain clay. The colors are vibrant and look nice. From back it looks it has some age. Can be Early 20th century or earlier – it needs to see closer image of back and if there is any chip – small broken area – if you can see the color of the material that might give more info.

Best Regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

Thank you for the feedback Vedat. Always good to get the correct details from the experts.
The underside is in good condition with no cracks or chips, there is a small section that almost looks like enamel have been lost, but not chipped.
I value your feedback and appreciate your response.

Kind regards from South Africa, Heston

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Can you tell me about this storage bag? I have not seen one with glass beads and tassels attached to it before. Thank you.

Barbara

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Dear Barbara,

It is made by Baluch Tribe. India and Pakistan have the tradition to use broken / chopped small mirror pieces ( Shisha) in their weavings. Baluch is a great and large tribe scattered around mostly in Iran and Afghanistan and some in Pakistan and India. Also, it is not a Storage bag. It is a pillow cover and has its plane woven backing. They stuff them and use for leaning – sitting on them. Such colorful ones with Shisha and glass beads are made for dowry. The photo is not close enough – I think, it is woven in 1920 – 1940’s.

Best Regards, Vedat Karadag

Turkish Folk Art

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Good day,
I have this decorative skull cap. Can you give any information on this?

Thank you, Jeff Gilligan

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Dear Jeff,

This is a new hat and IT looks like from China or Xinjiang – Uygur Turkic Region. The image is not clear, the decoration material looks new too. It should not have much value on the market.

Best, Turkish Folk Art.

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Dear Vedat,
Hope you remember the Austrians who visited you in November. Thanks again for your teachings. Enclosed I send pictures of an antique textile which Wuzi purchased in Istanbul. You offered to help him to find out where it comes from. He bought it a textile from Macedonia. Wuzi would be glad if you can help him? He doesn’t use a smartphone therefore I do.

Kind regards, Hannes

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Dear Hannes,

It is good to hear from YOU. Here is one of my BOOKS that gives the identical pieces as a reference for Wuzi’s textile. Here it says Attica – Greece.

Say hello to everyone in the group.

All my best, Vedat

Turkish Folk Art

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Hi Turkish Folk Art,
Would you be able to tell me if these old beads are Turkic ?

Thank you, Hadrien Coumans

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Dear Hadrien,

Sorry for a late reply. I thought they were more on Turkmen side. I check with one friend he is an ethnic jeweler – he said it is Uzbek – and his father said they are from INDIA and his other brother also said they are Indian.

So, I think, I will continue to search more and find a firm answer for you in near future. I have some of them too and I bought them form Turkmen pickers.

My best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art

Dear Vedat,
Thank you very much, that is very kind of you. I acquired them from a dealer who had been told that they were Kazakh, but I don’t believe so. I first thought they were Turkmen, but they do look Indian.

I’m grateful for your help and any additional information you may find.

Hadrien Coumans

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Hi, Turkish Folk Art,
I have this Turkish figurine and I wonder if you can tell me if it is
rare ?

Many thanks, Cerys

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Hi Cerys,

No, this figurine is not rare and made 20-30 years ago. Such ones are still selling in the Market here.
They probably worth 40 to 150 $ depending on size and the name of artist (can be written at the bottom).

Best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art

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Dear Turkish Folk Art,
May I be so free to ask you one more thing? For years now I am trying to find out how these kind of tassels are made. Especially the fringe. I can see that they are twisted and turned and fall into place quit neatly next to each other. I once tried it myself but that did not work out very well. I was wondering if there is maybe a simple tool being used.

I tried to find information all over the internet, but no result. I was hoping, since you travel a lot in Central Asia and meet the people who make this beautiful items that maybe you have the answer to my question. I found an enormous amount of information about all kinds of needlework, embroidery and rugs on your website. Very impressive and I am very thankful for that. Now I hope you also know how these lovely tassels and especially fringes are made.

Thanks in advance for the effort taken,

With warm regards, Nathalie

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Dear Natalie,

Simple tassels are made after spun / twisted silk yarns are taken in needed length and folded into two and tied and sewn from a certain part of the upper part. This is the simple way of making them. If you put a single or more beads to the center before folding each yarn, you will have beads hanging in bottom of the each tassel. The upper part can be embroidered in some as you can see in yours or sewn with another colorful or same color yarn to hold it tight.

There are many ways of doing them in size and type and function. It is very complicated and time consuming process. Honestly I saw them when they were making them in my early years and I did not realize how important and difficult making them. Later years – they are rapidly gone because of vanishing a nomadic life.. I think, they can still be found in remote areas in Central Asia and Persia or Afghanistan but I haven’t had the chance to search for it or seen it in later years. I don’t travel as much as I used to.. I will keep in mind and try to see if there is a woman I can find who is still making it, I will kindly ask her to do it so that I can film it.

All my best, Vedat KARADAG

Turkish Folk Art

Dear Vedat,
Thank you very much for your comprehensive response! I tried to make these kind of tassels myself because I love them so much but it did not work out very well. Maybe because lack of experience but maybe because they are made with a simple tool to make the fringes even in length. Or a simple tool (a spindle) to make the threads turn and twist.

I do hope that you will meet someone on your journeys to Central Asia who still makes these beautiful tassels, otherwise this art will be forgotten 🙁

Thanks again for helping me, much appreciated!

I will return to your website soon, it is so exquisite

With kind regards, Nathalie

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Dear Turkish Folk Art,
Again, sorry to impose, however, I have what I think is a tent band, however, even looking through your very through and informative website, leaves me with no idea from where it could have originated, nor the decade.

I am sure that it is made out of cotton. The length is 88 inches. I appreciate any help you can offer and understand if not. Thank you,

Cayta Jordan – Georgia, US

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Dear Cayta Jordan,

No, we do not mind sharing and telling what we know with other textile lovers. Yes, it looks like a card woven band and it is probably from 1970-80′ s or even later. It looks like it is made for tying packs and loads on animals and humans and they are called – pack animal bands. We think, yours is from the Black sea region, they also weave them in the Taurus Mountain regions in the south part of Turkey. They call them kolon in Turkish.

Here is some info about their construction – http://www.shelaghlewins.com/tablet_weaving/TW01/TW01.htm

Our best, Turkish Folk Art

Dear Turkish Folk Art,
The photos of it being woven are wonderful! I’m very interested in learning about to weave and I have never seen the tablet method before. There are even instructions! I am so thrilled!

That is so kind of you to include those in addition to all the information about this band.

I wish you continued success in your business and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

Cayta Jordan

Georgia, US