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Adana Kelim 240x173cms

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These Cilician people resisted the attacks of Alexander the Great, captured Julius Caesar, worshipped the Persian Zoroaster, and converted to Armenian Christianity for a millennium before becoming a Turkish backwater.

The rows of serrated "Ishq" or "Love" motifs have a reference to an even earlier Mother Goddess.

The sweep of history is in the DNA of the 20th-century kelims of the hill people of Cilicia. They have come to be called Adana after the city where they are seen in the market.