Yusuf Durul's Seljuk Carpets Catalogue at The Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts

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Çiloğlu H.

II. Uluslararası Türk El Dokumaları (Tekstil) Kongresi ve Sanat Etkinlikleri, Konya, Turkey, 14 - 15 May 2009, pp.33-40

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Konya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.33-40


Yusuf Durul set his heart on the Turkish carpets & rugs art and carried out researches and publications which shed light on this subject at present. He was born in 1917 in Bulgaria and he died in 1992 when he was 75 years old. He worked as an assistant director, deputy director and Carpet & Rug section chief of Istanbul -Suleymaniye Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts after 1965 and he retired from Istanbul - Topkapi Palace Museum on 12 October 1971, where he was working as a carpet specialist. His professional life as a civil servant started with working as a teacher, he examined the carpet collection included in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts collection in 1957 and 1958, and he created the "Seljuk Caıpets" catalogue which is currently located at lbrahim Pasha Palace, Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts Library with inventory number 192. At the first sight, Yusuf Durul's "Seljuk Carpets" catalogue can be considered as the research and illustration of the carpets found in the Museum collection. However other characteristics are hidden in this study. in addition to being a historical and cultural document each, the studies in this catalog are the artistic monuments where a very important effort is shown with detailed illustrating technique. When drawing the illustrations, Yusuf Durul went into so much details that the illustrations look like as if they were the actual fabrics. He literally re-weaved every carpet while working on every single detail on his illustrations. Seljuk Carpets catalogue has 47 x 62 x 6,5 cm dimensions and there are 19 white cardboard files in it, which contain 18 carpet illustrations, information and drawings.