Theodosius II
Justinianos I
Mehmet II

Mr. Ertuğrul Günay ; Minister of Culture and Tourism

7 Seven

Dear readers, ‘’7 Hills and 7 Rulers of Istanbul’’ Booklet, according to remarks of the Publisher Mr. Korhan Islamcıoğlu, happens to reflect the seven important personalities, and their endless efforts in reshaping their might during their rule, and the role being played in the past history of the city, and takes the reader on a journey through the tunnel of past times with all legends, myths, secrets, and all that heritage involved up to our times.
However, there’s a secondary important hidden task also behind the scenes of this project: that is to bring the ‘’Theme Istanbul’’ to life, where the author and his team-mates are at home
In short, it’s a unique project to regain the importance of hand-knotted piled rugs, which has been neglected especially in recent times, and has been underrated by the public, stuck between the thin line, classified as ‘’hand craftsmanship’’ instead of being accepted as a ‘’work of art’’, yearning to create original and special pieces in due course.
Major origin of the project is the various meanings of number 7, in conjunction with the seven supreme rulers from the past history, whose ruling periods are full of different stories you will stroll through with this occasion. Namely: Byzas; Constatinus ; Theodosius I, Justinian and wife Theodora, Fatih Sultan Mehmet (the Conqueror), Kanuni Sultan Süleyman (the Magnificient, the Lawgiver) and wife Hürrem Sultan, and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the end of each chapter, as mentioned earlier, one finds specially designed and finished rugs, bearing the colours and motifs of that specific period, not to mention that they are limited in numbers, bearing the coat of arms and/ or Monograms of the dynasties they have belonged, in other words, exquisite, and extremely fine and rare examples of craftsmanship, better named as anonymous works of art.
Last but not the least ; I would like to add my personal thoughts on this subject shortly. Weaving hand knotted piled Rugs happen to be one of the oldest known way of hand-craftsmanship. It involves high skills, talents, creativity, patience, and efforts to reach the unreachable stage, and many a fine examples have been finished to date. With the right meaning of the word ‘’as work of fine-arts’’. (like creative arts, and plastic-arts), sad part of the story is though, you will not be able to see these products displayed in showcases of museums of Fine-Arts. With all the excitement involved, in search of the beauty, at highest levels, this art will keep on existing around the world, and will occupy a special corner in the museums.
However, with her glorious past as supreme craftsmanship, rug-weaving is being reshaped by changing economical rules, highly affected by demands towards mass-production. This has caused a decline in the traditional art. On the other hand a regain towards searching the unusual and unreachable, with complete new creativity, in search of new ways and horizons. This project is definitely aiming towards a new and positive change.
I would like to congratulate you, and members of your team, conveying my best wishes in search of deserved success through your ‘’7 Hills an 7 Rulers of Istanbul’’ Project.

Mr. Başaran Ulusoy TÜRSAB President
(Turkish Travel Agencies Association)




The history concerning the Hand knotted & piled rugs is as old as the history of mankind and plays a major role in our socio - economical and cultural daily lives. It really is one of the first products of mankinds’ self protection against the nature’s harsh climatic conditions. Over the years it has become a specific special work of art, with the use of preferred colours and designs of the consumer. Whether its used in our homes and/or homes of the eastern world, Kilims (Flatweaves) and piled knotted rugs are considered as major decorative objects. Starting with the shearing of the wool from sheep and goats, spinning them carefully by hand, preparation of the secret-recipe natural dyes, followed by weaving process within the looms, the end-product is definitely the result of a lot of patience and strict hand - craftsmanship. Besides, from my point of view ; the designs found in dowry-pieces do tend to reflect the feelings of the weaver, and in definition, it proves how important an art-form could be, when social life in Anatolian Peninsula is in question. Hand knotted and piled rugs happen to be the traditional artwork of the Turks, and has got its special nitch in our History of Art. This is being shaped through the the centuries in the past. The technical merits of the Turkish rug has been the major standpoint of it’s continuous progress. A glance back into the past history of textiles, approximately 3000 thousand years from today, one recognizes that the basics of production has hardly ever changed, and the product still enjoys its importance in everyday life. Rugs over the centuries have been used mainly as decorative works of art in palaces, in temples and castles, they were also used as modelling objects by various painters.

I personally think ‘’7 Hills and 7 Rulers of Istanbul’’ project is going to be a remar- kable work, from the point of view of cul-tural - history. Starting from the date of first settlement up to the present day Republic of Turkey, the past history is being emphasized, in conjunction with the 7 rulers’ acting period, and applied colours and designs of their times, evaluated in the form of this art, that ‘’Hand-made piled-knotted rugs’’ should be considered as works of art. With designers and weavers in mind, who have contributed their combined efforts in their own style in the past and present, all have positive remarks to be appreciated by the finished products. With these feelings in mind, I appreciate your efforts to revitalize the hundred of years living cultural heritage from a different angle, appreciating also the additions of your team in due course, expressing my respect and gratitude to all parties involved. Sincerely...

Mr. Ertuğrul Günay
Minister of Culture and Tourism


Mr. Başaran Ulusoy TÜRSAB President
(Turkish Travel Agencies Association)