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    Hakkari

    Hakkari Carpets

    Each motive of Hakkari carpets live with stories told verbally and reflects a cultural background obtained for centuries. Hakkari has very old cultural and folkloric characteristics such as manners, formalities, traditions and life styles both similar with and different from the communities across immediate vicinity.

    In Hakkari weaves, vertical, horizontal, central, diagonal compositions are dominant. These weaves are used as wall cover, bedspread, ground rug, sofa cover, cradle, salt bag, camel cover, saddle bag, travelling rug, parzun (a backpack), kolan (a woven band) etc. These carpets are woven with regional weaving tools and threads colored with traditional paints are called with rose, plateau, bird, flower and animal names.

    Hakkari Handcrafts

    Today, people living in districts and villages of Hakkari, had been headed to animal husbandry due to nature and land conditions and started to put forth handcrafts made from wools extracted from these animals. Along with the carpets, Hakkari handcrafts include also light rug, sumak, bahtiyari, saddle bag, ter, parzun, cradle, door ornament, belt and socks.

    Stone Masonry

    You can observe stone masonry and mastership on monuments from Nastorians and on various architecture and grave stones from Ottomans period in Hakkari centrum, Çukurca, Şemdinli and Yüksekova. The region draws attention with its stone masonry samples on mosque, church, madrassah, mausoleum, bridge as well as on historical cemeteries and grave stones.

    Stone has intensively been used as a material on both Islamic and Christian artifacts in the region. Stone ornaments were used in rare buildings on certain points as geometric and flower shape ornaments. This can be seen as clean-cut stone and undressed stone in walling.

    The primary Christian buildings having stone masonry include Meydan Madrassah from Ottoman period, Kayme Palace, Hakkari Masters' Grave Stones and Koçhanis Church built in 18th century from Nastorians.