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November 9th 2022 at 19.00: Lecture by Roberta Marin at the University Women's Club.

'Konya rugs’: the story of the enigmatic masterpieces produced in Seljuk Anatolia

Analysing the 18 surviving fragments of ‘Konya rugs’, it is easy to guess that the carpets woven by the Seljuks of Rum in Anatolia were large, had a specific colour palette and favoured geometric patterns. Some questions, however, have remained unanswered to this day, especially regarding the decoration and the date and extent of production. In this talk, the ‘Konya rugs’ will be illustrated and their fascinating story reconstructed.

Roberta Marin completed her BA in Fine Arts in Italy and holds an MA in Islamic Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She has travelled extensively in the Mediterranean area and her field of interest includes Mamluk art and architecture, the history of Oriental carpets and Modern and Contemporary Art from the Arab world and Iran. She collaborates with the Khalili Collection of Islamic Art and teaches Islamic art and architecture in private and public institutions in the UK and Italy.



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