New Book “Heavenly Beauty” by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov
Issued ahead of the celebration of Day of Celebration of the Turkmen Carpet, which is broadly observed in our country, the work of the Head of the State about eternal beauty of artificial canvas turns into another excellent present to the outstanding Turkmen masters and to all true lovers and connoisseurs of this unique art both in our country and in the whole world.
In the lobby of Mukam’s Palace, it was organized the exhibition of paintings from the collections of State Cultural Centre of Museum, Museum of Visual Arts as well as works of the students of the State Academy of Arts, and students of the college of the Art School. Beautiful piece of decorative and applied arts such as carpet wares, jewellery and ceramics were included in the exposition.
The works of the Head of the State Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov was displayed on the bookstands. Other abundantly illustrated editions were narrating about modern Turkmenistan and grandiose transformations of our country as well as publications of classical and modern literature.
Published in high printing standard, the book of the President of Turkmenistan is dedicated to the richest layer of spiritual and material culture of Turkmen people, consummate art of national carpeting. Beautifully illustrated edition was appeared in Turkmen, English and Russian languages which makes it accessible for the widest reading audience in many places of the world.
New work of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov includes some chapters as “Creations from the ancient days”, “Eternity of beauty”, “and Song of nature”, “Carpet – congeniality”, “Memory and eternity” and, of course, numerous photo illustrations allow making virtual voyage on the magic carpet throughout the time and space…
“To weave a carpet is a dream of any Turkmen women who are nowadays made a deserving contribution into political and economic transformations of the society” – mentioned President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in his book. Throughout the whole history, woman is considered a guardian of home hearth, who creates the harmony of family relations, brings up children, inspires for feats, and for labour achievements. Looking at the carpets, weaved by our fellow countrywomen, one feels the tenderness of carpet-maker’s soul. People say: “Home is rich if there are many carpets” which means that over the times, Turkmen carpet became not only the standard of the beauty, but also the criterion of welfare.
The legend about the woman who weaved first carpet is mentioned in the book. “She was very fine, extremely beautiful. Anybody who could look at her lost one’s mind. This woman weaved the road to heaven form the sun beams and flew away along the road. She made up the main thread from those sunbeams, and then made a thread from the green hills, tied white knots from morning fogs, yellow- from golden sands, thus this woman reached the sky. That is why Turkmen carpets are of a bright red colour as magnificent sun and white colour is beautiful and fresh as morning fogs.” As noted by the Head of the State, this legend appeared because of our ancestors believed in miracle-working power of the carpet.
Turkmen carpet inhaled the spiritual culture of the people and reflected the whole versatile talent. The unique skill of our carpet-makers conquered the whole world. By this, Turkmen women made deserving contribution into prosperity and augmentation of Turkmenistan’s glory.
In his new book, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov also notes that six or seven colours used in the process of carpet making. A message states in ancient manuscripts that Oguzkhan left his descendants seven heritages. Thus, the magic number “seven” is seven colours of the rainbow, seven notes, Seven Wonders of the World, a seven-day week that came from the East in the ancient time and spread all over as the criterion of time.
Special attention in the work of the Head of the State is paid to the role of carpet in traditional Turkmen way of life, to the technique of carpet and carpet wares, to decoration principles and methods, relation with national art, literature and orthography. The findings on archaeological and ethnographical researches and interesting information from historical chronicles and written sources of the past centuries are cited in the book “Heavenly beauty”; the influence of Turkmen carpet on world art is traced.
Having made a long trip of evolution and became the artistic reflection of spiritual identity of the people with its great and richest historic and cultural heritage, the carpet gyols (patterns) are one of the national consolidating symbols of modern Turkmenistan.
Thus, new publication represents broad panorama of art of Turkmen carpet weaving, and original encyclopaedia of carpet’s philosophy at the same time.
State News Agency of Turkmenistan