The 'Gallipoli Rug' presented to Ismail Enver Pasha, a Turkish all-silk, 'map' rug, dated AH 1335 /1916 CE\n 98 x 146 cm\n\n This historically significant rug is woven as a detailed map of the battlefield at\n Gallipoli. It is inscribed with the words 'to commemorate the victory at Çanakkale\n (Gallipoli)'. It was woven for Ismail Enver Pasha (1881?1922), one of the leaders\n of the Young Turk Revolution that overthrew the Ottoman sultan, Abdul Hamid\n in 1909. As Minister for War, Enver Pasha was the supreme commander of the\n Turkish forces at the time of the British-led attack on the Gallipoli Peninsula in\n April, 1915. The ensuing defeat of the British, French and ANZAC troops, was a\n major victory for Turkey.\n It's widely acknowledged that Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was responsible for the\n victory of the Turkish troops and in due course both he and Enver Pasha were\n presented with extremely fine silk carpets in honour of the event. The commissioned rugs were most likely woven at the Hereke Imperial Factory\n not far from Istanbul. The prestigious workshops had been established by Sultan\n Abdul Mecid (r.1839?61) in 1843 to produce carpets for the Ottoman court. The rug\n presented to Ataturk is now understood to be in the collection of the Military Museum, in Harbiye,\n Istanbul.