Kurdish art

Kurdish heritage is rooted in one of the world's oldest cultures. Halaf culture that inhabited Kurdish mountains dates back to 5400 - 6000 B.C So therefore Kurds have a very rich cultural heritage. Impressive works of art, literature, music, dance and architecture have impacted and impressed people world -wide, so there is no surprise that demand on Kurdish rugs,carpets,bags exist world-wide. Kurdish blades and Chess boards are also one of the items that are highly coveted. Especially the blades because of their distinctive-l-shaped hilt.

The Kurs could also boast about Ishak Pasha palace, one of the most impressive buildings in Anatolia Region and an interesting thing about the Ishak Pasha palace is that it took almost a century(99 years) to completely finish the building.


The Kurds have a rich folkloric tradition which is increasingly endangered as a result of modernization, urbanization, and cultural repression.


For centuries Kurdish people have upheld the tradition of carpet weaving . Most popular patterns include Mina Khani motifs, florals,patterns and medallions. The uniqueness of Kurdish decorative arts is that their creation and production have been a continuous process for centuries and are still an integral part of their traditions and resources. Through centuries many generations have been creating antique rugs that vividly portray the tremendous diversity, adaptability and spirit of independence of the Kurdish people. In many antique Kurdish rugs of the Northwest, color becomes the dominant element even over design, and the definition of the pattern is virtually obscured in a blazon of color. The effect, undeniably Kurdish, makes their antique carpets masterful examples to be studied by the modern abstract artist.

Their culture has also rich oral tradition, epic poems called lawj are often singing about love or battle.

Traditional music is played on flute, drums, and the ut-ut which is similar to a guitar.

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