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Some of the convent's finest seccades are hung behind glass along the kible wall of the mescid. They are, from right to left:

a) Kilim: A unique fragment of a white-patterned kilim on a blue ground dating to the 15th century, from the Esrefoglu Mosque in Beysehir.

b) Seccade with lantern: This fine pile rug is a prayer rug of the 17th century in silk and wool.

c) Gordes seccade: A woolen prayer rug of the 15th century with white-ground niche.

d) Silk seccade: An extremely fine and valuable silken rug woven with silver thread. The central field contains an image of the Kaaba, and is framed by bands of rum is. The rug contains 144 knots per cm2, a total of nearly three million knots. Verses in Persian inscribed on the border indicate that it was woven as the prayer rug of a monarch.

e) Mevlana's seccade: A prayer rug woven in wool and silk. The borders are ornamented with rumi motifs. In the centre is inscribed the phrase "Allah-u Ekber", and a verse from the Isra sura of the Koran is on the upper border. This rug is said to have been presented to Mevlana by the Seljuk Sultan Alaeddin Keykubad I in 1225 as a wedding present.

At this point one reaches.a wooden door opening into the semahane, which dates from the 16th century.

On the east wall of the mescid are cabinets containing certain paraphernalia and artefacts from the tekke, including the silver key and chain belonging to the silver gate, a pearl-studded keycase decorated with silver thread, a relic of the beard of the Prophet in a gilded case encrusted with bloodstones, an ivory compass - kible-numa- candle-trimmers, silver and brass incensers, candlesticks, crystal bowls and rose-water sprinklers. Two outsize rosaries -tesbih- on walnut, the other linden, each containing 999 large beads are displayed in cabinets near the main door of the mescid. The darker of these is said to have belonged to Ulu Arif Celebi, Mevlana's grandson. They were used during convent rituals.

In the centre of the mescid stands a mother-of-pearl inlayed casket in a gilded pouch, containing a relic from the beard of the Prophet, which was brought from the Alaeddin Mosque, Konya.


Above text and pictures are from the book titled "Mevlana and the Mevlana Museum".

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