SEVGİ ZÜBEYDE GÜRBÜZ / kilim artwork
Kilims are hand-woven flatweaves originating from Central Asia and a traditional handcraft still wide-spread throughout Turkey. The symbols and motifs used in the kilims each have meanings, some to wish for protection, some to reflect the personage of the weaver, some that comprise tribal symbols, such as those still common in Turkmenistan. It is said that each kilim thus represents a message, and that kilims possess their own language. In my travels in different parts of Turkey I have been facinated by the unique motifs as well as many common themes present in the kilims. As a hobby, to pass the time I started sketching the designs I saw in my notebook. Later, I took to coloring these sketches in fantastic colors offered by gel pen collections. When back in the U.S., I found kilim designs over the internet from website selling kilims online. Later, as I learned the meaning of various motifs, I began to draw my own designs, using the symbols to decorate holiday cards, fotographic murals, or meaningful sayings.
Below I share scans of my drawings. I hope you enjoy them.

City of Diyarbakir


City of Sanliurfa


Town of Hasankeyf, Batman


"Nokta Kadar Menfaat Icin Virgul Gibi Egilme"
Do not bend like a comma for a dot of benefit...


Necip Fazil Kisakurek, "Bekleyen"
The sick to not await the morning, nor a newly passed person the grave, nor the devil a sin as I wait for you...


"Ask Mucadelesi Degil, Mucadele Aski Icinde Ol" (Peyami Safa)
Do not struggle for love, but love the struggle...


"Dal Ruzgari Affetmistir Ama, Kirilmistir Bir Kere"
The branch forgave the wind, but alas it was broken already...


Diyarbakir Hasretine
In longing for Diyarbakir...


Dostun Attigi Gulden Yara Alir Yuregim
My heart is wounded from the rose thrown by a friend...


"Yurekte Bir Isim, Yuzukte Baska Isim Olmaz"
There should not be one name on the heart, but a different name on the ring...


"Batan Gemiyi Ilk Olarak Fareler Terkeder"
Mice are the first to flee a sinking ship...


"Seni Sevmek Gunah Ise Cehennemde Yanayim"
If loving you is sinful let me burn in hell :)


"Ey can, senin guzel yuzunu gormeksizin yasamak, yasayis adi verilmis bir olumdur" (Hz. Mevlana)
My dear, living without seeing your face is a death merely called a life...


"Cahil kimsenin yaninda, kitap gibi sessiz ol." (Hz. Mevlana)
Next to someone who is ignorant, be as silent as a book...

======== MY OWN DESIGNS ========


Yildizlar

Aynali Luleper

Aslan

Ejderha

Bekleyen Kiz

Semsiye

Nevruz

Kara Deneme

Yildiz Deneme

Iki Yildiz Deneme

Cengel

======== DESIGNS OF ANATOLIAN KILIMS ========


Kars

Hakkari Herki

Sivas

Mut Yoruk

Anadolu

Erzurum

Kahramanmaras

Konya

Konya

Siirt

Anadolu

Siirt

Adana

Kazak

Konya

Siirt

Konya

Anadolu

Yoruk

Konya

Konya

Konya Karapinar