Today I am taking a look at the range of handmade Turkish carpets. Often the names are derived from the region that they are woven in and generally speaking each region will have a distinctive style. I have put pictures and the links underneath if you want to take a closer look. So in no particular order…
Taspinar: (tush-pin-ar) Located in the Central Anatolian plateau, these rugs are known for their high quality hand spun wool which is cut to a medium to thick pile. Predominate colours are rich reds and blues accompanied with cream and less often green. Taspinar carpets feature a mix of geometric and floral motifs creating some of the most striking and sought after carpets in Turkey. The combination of hand spun wool and long pile creates a superbly soft rug more akin to silk than wool.
Dosemealti: (Dosh-eem-alt-a) Woven by the nomads around the Taurus Mountains in south western Anatolian these rugs feature highly geometric and bold designs with a vibrant red, blue (sometimes a light blue) and cream. The pile is usually quite long and the quality of the hand spun wool top notch. Usually Dosemealti rugs will feature a red stepped double mihrab in the centre and multiple wide borders. Also crosses are a popular motif.
Dosemealti carpet (#017) 150*223cm
Kayseri: (Kie- siree) Located in Central Anatolia this region has been famous for producing some of Turkish finest rugs for centuries. The consist mainly of hand spun wool on strong cotton warps with magical floral designs. Colour combinations are seemingly endless. The design is more consistent with a large central lobed floral medallion and corner spandrels.
Hereke: The most famed and sought after rugs in Turkey (if not the world). Check out our in-depth look at Hereke rugs here ). Again highly floral designs but limited in the patterns and colours. Usually featuring tulips, carnations and other flowers in red, green, blue, apricot and yellow in an all over repeat pattern on a cream background for the main field. They have the highest knot density of all Turkish rugs and can be woven from wool or silk. Due to their desirability and price, I highly recommend purchasing from a reputable rug dealer.
Well I hope this has been interesting for some and I shall be back soon with the next instalment looking at Milas, Kars and Yahyali carpets.