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Rare Gallipoli rugs on exhibition at State Library

May 26, 2015 by CADRYS

The Cadry family are proud to have loaned two rare and historically significant rugs from their private collection, with fascinating backstories about Turkey’s victories during the Gallipoli campaign. They are currently on show in the Mitchell Building foyer at the State Library.

One is a beautiful fringed silk map depicting the battlefields of Gallipoli. It was a gift to Enver Pasha, Minister of War, who was instrumental in Turkey forming the alliance with Germany at the beginning of the First World War. He was in command of Turkish forces during the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign that gave Turkey its first major victory. The rug was created in 1916 to commemorate the event.

The second rug, dated c.1930, shows Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (1881–1938), the founder and first president of the modern Turkish State, in the trenches at Gallipoli. It tells the story of a famous event where Ataturk ordered the Turkish soldiers, who were out of ammunition, to fix their bayonets and fall to the ground. This carpet commemorates Ataturk’s courage and resourcefulness which is believed to have been responsible for Turkey’s victory at Gallipoli.

The rugs are on display until 28th June.

Read more about the exhibition here.

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