Exactly 40 results come up when you search “Zeki Muren” on our website, but what exactly does that mean? Or rather, who is Zeki Muren?
Known as "The Sun Of Art" in Turkey, Zeki Muren was a singer, actor, songwriter, and to our delight, a rug designer. Muren was known for his kind soul and unique personality among Turkish people. Although his style was in contrast to the traditional Turkish lifestyle, he was accepted by all segments of society as his art was, and still is, for people of all backgrounds.
Muren was an artistic soul from the very beginning. His father was a müezzin (a singer in the mosque), and Muren was surrounded by music at such young age. He graduated from the best Fine Arts University in Turkey from the interior design department. He started his singing career during university on TRT, the main Radio and television station in Turkey, and soon became an actor too.
Although most people do not know this, Zeki Muren is also a rug designer. Just like him, the rugs he designed are colorful, unique, and born to be glamorous. With avant-garde designs, his carpets defy time and challenge classism. The rugs are mainly based on bold, bright colors, geometric shapes, and floral, botanic, and animal motifs. It is right to say that some designs carry a psychedelic side. Although some patterns seem inspired by different painters, most designs are affected by the local elements.
Now, let's take a closer look at some of those beautiful rugs and Zeki Muren's lyrics we thought of when we saw them.
Even if strangers do set us apart
Even if roads do set us apart,
Even if years do set us apart,
We can't break up.
THE WINE OF LOVE
I'm in deep sorrow every night
I planted 'love' into my heart
Now harvesting loneliness
THE STONE OF PATIENCE
You taught me sorrow
But I couldn't teach you to love
Always wait for me
On the roads that come to you
YOUR BETRAYAL, LIKE A LIGHTNING
I asked the stars about you
I asked the lonely ones about you
I asked about you to the birds
To the flying birds
In poems, in novels
In times that have arrived and passed
In the tambours, in the violins
I live within songs