Tiles and tessellations


The Seljuks of Rum established a fleeting dominant presence in central Anatolia from about 1081 to 1308. Anatolia had been a melting pot of cultures; the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and the Crusaders all left their mark. Added to this were the influences of the various migrations of nomadic Turkic peoples from the east, of whom the Seljuks of Rum were one. They settled ultimately in the Konya area, reaching their peak in the reign of Ala al-Din Kayqubad I (1219 -1237). They are remembered chiefly for their buildings; caravanserais along the silk route to the east, mosques and medressas. Many were richly decorated with carvings, tiles and spoilia from earlier periods.

This set of work had it’s origins in the tessellations of the tiles of Kayqubad’s summer palace in Beyşehir and motifs found on 13th century carpets in Konya.