History Turkish carpets
Christian Motivs on Turkish Hereke Carpets?
It seems to be surprisingly to find Christian Motifs on some of the carpet artworks handknotted in a Muslim country like Turkey, where 98 % of the population are Muslims.
That could be an accomodation to the West tourists, to fulfill their expectations, but is that the only possible explanation, mainly because you will not find any Christian motif on a Persian carpet, for example?
Going back in history for about 2, 000 years, we find out another possible reason for the Christian motifs in Turkish silk carpets. They could be also an obeisance towards the history and development of the Christianity in Anatolia, because we get to know that Anatolia is a craddle of Christianity and the Bible.
Santed Paulus, for example, preached in Perge Derbe, Lystra, Psidian Antioch, Ephesos and Konya. The New Testament contains the Ephesian Letter, which Apostle Paulus wrote to the Christians in Ephesos: The first Eppistle of the Johannes Apocalypse (Apk 2, 1-7) to the seven communities in Asia Minor (Apk 1, 11).
Also Sainted Petrus settled in Asia Minor, in Antioch, and launched the first Christian Church in a hole.
Another legend tells that the Virgin Mary settled with the circle of women arround Jesus and the Apostle Johannes in an house near Ephesos and instructed a lot of people in skills for healing and the teaches of Jesus till her own ascencion.
Even today Turkish people visit the gravel of Maria and leave papers with their wishes on the walls.
It is counted that there also took place the dialog of the early Christian philosoph and church father Justinus with the Jew Tryphon around 157, which stands formal in the tradition of the Platonic Dialogs.
Till the Late Classic Period Ephesos was a prominent city as a place of pilgrimage as well as bishop’s see. Ephesos was the capital of the profane diocese Asiana.