In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya was the capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, one of the most enlightened and tolerant states of the entire medieval period. It was also to the great Sufi mystic and poet Rumi, who founded the Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes. We will visit the Museum and Tomb of Rumi and the Karatay Medrese, which is one of the supreme achievements of Islamic Art. Its dome is completely covered with an amazingly intricate faience mosaic. Here you can also see highly unusual, figurative tiles from the Seljuk summer palace of Kubadabad. Visit to one of the largest carpet establishments and learn about antique and contemporary carpet production techniques. We will drive to nearby village and see dyes, carpet, washing, design making and the many other processes required before and after carpet weaving. Next we will visit a felt maker’s studio and learn about traditional Turkish felt making, a craft that traces is origins back to the Turks’ nomadic roots on the Central Asian Steppe.
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– Air conditioned luxury minivan with driver on tours
– Professional guiding on tours
– Lunches on tours
– All admission fees to the museums and sights
– International flight tickets
– Drinks during the lunches
– Not mandatory but customary tips