Kilims by Alev Ebüzziya April 05 2016, 1 Comment



ECNP Galeri will exhibit the kilims of Alev Ebüzziya, a prominent ceramic artist who designed “simple, ‘non-designer’, diligent kilims for everyone…”.


“Two years ago, I went to dhoku’s store at the Grand Bazaar to find a kilim. I asked them if they would weave a tailor-made kilim for me and they said yes. I asked for a pencil, a piece of paper, a ruler and color samples, sat down on the floor and designed the kilim I wanted while drinking tea! What a special treat it was!!! 

When they asked me if I would be interested in designing other kilims, I said I’d love to.


dhoku is a motivated and open-minded company which has been creating successful works in its workshop for years. I went back to Paris and spent my whole time designing kilims. My wish was to see the production of non-designer, simple and affordable kilims that can be used anywhere. Easier said than done! I do hope that I reached my aim!”


Alev Ebüzziya’s kilims combine design with a traditional production process, use organic, pure and the most natural wools colored with plant dyes except some special hues. The exhibition will open at ECNP Gallery at 18:00 on 7 April 2016.

Alev Ebüzziya 

(with the permission of Galeri Nev Istanbul)

Alev Ebüzziya Siesbye was born in 1938. From 1955 to 1958 she studied sculpture at the Istanbul Academy of Fine Arts. She spent two years as a production worker in the ceramic factories at Höhr-Grenzhausen. In 1963 she moved to Copenhagen, where she worked first for the Royal Danish Porcelaine Factories and since 1969 has her own private workshop. She has designed for both Rosenthal and Royal Copenhagen. 

The work of Ebüzziya reaffirms the essential need for the memory. Not the immediate memory that keeps us functioning conveniently from day to day, but above all the atavistic, remote memory; growing slowly by sedimentation, the memory both of techniques and of feelings and ideas that ensure the permanence of mankind as eternal creator, the most perfect approximation to any concept of God, universal.

In the year of 2002, she has a retrospective exhibition at the Danish Museum of Decorative Art in Copenhagen followed by an other retrospective at Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum in Istanbul.

Her works are included in the collections of Museum of decorative Arts, Copenhagen; Museum Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; City Museum, Helsingborg; National Museum, Stockholm; Museum of Decorative Arts, Cologne; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Kunst Museum, Aarhus; Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania; Museum of Decorative Arts, Ghent; Hetjens Museum, Düsseldorf; Museum of Decorative Arts, Hamburg; Kestner Museum Hannover; L.O. Skolen, Helsingör; Danish State Art Foundation, Copenhagen; Museé Bellerive, Zürich; Museum Het Kruithuis, Hertogenbosch; Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseet, Trondheim; Württembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart; Kunstmuseet Trapholt, Kolding; Vestlandisk Kunstindustri Museet, Bergen; Coburg Museum, Coburg; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; F.N.A.C. for Museé des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Oslo; Kunst Industri Museum, Oslo; Princessehof Museum, Leuwarden; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburg; Ulster Museum, Belfast and State Museum of Painting and Sculpture, Ankara.

Since 1987 she lives and works in Paris.


With three generations of Turkish rug experience in his family, Memet Gureli started his own rug company in 1989. After years of success, Memet recognized the new trends in home furnishings and designs and wanted to move his company toward contemporary rug production. In 2002, a new product line was launched called EthniCon Vintage, beautifully blending antique, ethnic Turkish kilims into one-of-a-kind contemporary pieces. A new shop was opened in the Grand Bazaar featuring these new product lines. In 2007, a new brand called “dhoku”, which means “texture” in Turkish, was launched. The dhoku brand now includes seven product lines of stunning new contemporary rug styles, which are hand woven on looms in Anatolia or created by selecting amazing antique rugs and bringing them back to life.

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