Thursday, 07 December 2023

Ancestral Heritage of Ceramic Art Preserved in Selçuklu

The Tile Workshop, located within Selçuklu Municipality, is reviving the ceramic artifacts from the Seljuk period through their dedicated efforts, bringing them back to the present day.


The Art of Ceramic Tiles, which holds great significance in the Seljuk State, continues to be kept alive through the steps taken in reverence to history. One of these steps was the establishment of the tile workshop by Selçuklu Municipality in 1997. With the Anatolian Seljuk State period, ceramic tile art was brought to Anatolia, and Konya, which is the most important production center for this art form in this region, has regained its importance in the historical process thanks to the efforts of Selçuklu Municipality, as the art of ceramic tiles, which had been occasionally forgotten over time, experienced periods of neglect.


Many replicas of artifacts from the Anatolian Seljuk and Great Seljuk periods, created here, are attracting significant attention.


Selçuklu Municipality Mayor Ahmet Pekyatırmacı, expressing that the municipality has undertaken significant efforts to preserve the ancestral heritage and institutionalized this commitment, stated, "As Selçuklu Municipality, we have undertaken important projects with the mission to safeguard our history and the legacy of our ancient civilization, to present it to the shared heritage of humanity, and we have produced valuable works. We have introduced the 'Great Seljuk Architecture and Museum Artifacts' book and documentary, consisting of five volumes, as well as the 'Anatolian Seljuk Era Heritage: Museum and Architectural Artifacts' book and documentary, also consisting of five volumes. We opened the exhibition 'A Splendid Legacy: The Seljuks' at the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and prepared the exhibition catalog. We launched the 'Great Seljuk Heritage: Photography and Ceramic Artifacts Exhibition' in Uzbekistan. Furthermore, to cultivate this art among the younger generation, our ceramic and pottery workshop at the Ahmet Keleşoğlu Cultural Center continues to provide education to children of primary school age.”