November 2006


Turkish weavers have long been famous for their elaborately designed rugs. They made many of the first Oriental carpets that were used in Europe.

(This painting decorated the wall of a restaurant in Kayseri).


Dyes Used for Rug Yarns: Their Characteristics and History: Fine Turkish carpets recognised for their value and beauty are made with natural dyes obtained from plants, berries and trees. Chemical dyes are also used but to the trained eye, they do not have the beauty or lustre of natural dyes.


All About Turkish Carpets and Rugs: No one knows exactly when and where the first knotted-pile carpets were woven, but the oldest “surviving” pile carpet was discovered in 1947 in a grave of a Scythian prince in the Pazyryk valley of the Altai mountains in Siberia by a Russian archeologist, Rudenko. It is presently displayed at the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad. This carpet was woven with the Turkish double knot and has been carbon-dated to have been from the 5th century BC.


travelling-cam-sumak-carpet-design.jpg The two dark-coloured carpets you see on the floor are called sumaks (or soumak), and were hand-woven by Iranian immigrants to Turkey, on the eastern frontier. A sumak is a rare type of flat-woven carpet, characterised by shaggy strands of wool weaved into geometric patterns and tribal motifs.

This showroom is at the top of a hill at Goreme. The shop was set-up by female siblings who are known weavers of the city.

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(This painting was on the wall of a restaurant in Kayseri).

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