AYTEN (40): SYMBOLS OF LONG AGO
"I myself have never woven rugs. When i grew up, more girls went to school, so was i. I tell this story for all Turkish girls who made rugs for their dowry.
Decades ago, in Turkey, few people had enough money to furnish their home at one time. So, over the years parents were saving the dowry together for their daugthers. A week before the wedding, all the objects that were made by hand or bought beforehand, were displayed. In some parts of Turkey this is still happening.
The bride set up a room with all the nice things she made or bought to use in her own home. Girls and their mothers were busy for months weaving carpets for this dowry. Besides the rugs, also some crocheted throws and embroidered tablecloths, kitchen utensils and some home appliances were displayed.
Because the rugs were intended for their own use, the girls designed the most beautiful symbolic patterns. Love, children, welfare, health: all kinds of joyful feelings and wishes of these girls can be seen in the patterns they wove. Through the symbols in the rugs they brought to the outside the feeling of being in love, or the dream of starting their own family.
The rugs with their unique symbolism are of great value, especially as hand weaving of carpets happens less and less these days."