Konya, known as ancient Iconium, carpets were described as being the most beautiful carpets in the world by Marco Polo in 1292. Konya carpets can encompass the areas including Kecimuslu, Karapinar, Karaman, Dazgiri, Obruk, Derbent and Ladik. They are coveted by collectors and scholars due to their rarity and recognized by the use of primarily bold tribal motifs, hexagonal shapes, basic figures and magnificent color combinations. The wool used in these carpets comes from surrounding rural areas and is thought to be the richest worldwide. Konya’s are considered to be the Turkish counterparts to Caucasian Kazaks.
Konya is also the home of the Mevlevi Order or Whirling Dervishes, established in 1273, honoring the poet, theologian and Sufi mystic Rumi. Rumi believed in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching the divine. His doctrine advocates positive reasoning, tolerance, charity, goodness and awareness through love and he verbalizes his message in a manner that is non-offensive and inclusive of all.