Anatolian Turkish

Turkey has some very simple yet bold geometric design carpets consisting of navy blue, deep reds, natural beige and in some pieces greens and orange. Their colors and design identify the carpets and illustrations in books are found even today. The trend of the design and colors didn’t change much but if you look at the older pieces they were finer in weave and the resulting change in colors gave it a very nice patina. Most of these red and blue carpets were made with such strong dyes that even 50 years you could still see the carpet if kept out of the sun in a uniform but slightly softer warmer hues. Wool on Wool base and the tassels are also woven and then tied up making the piece look very elegant, also a need to emphasize is the Kilim of the carpets which is longer than normal and neatly woven The artisans of past years were much more patient in making carpets and due to the harsh winters in the northern parts would explain the warm, deep colors used.
The main villages of weaving where back in the early 1900’s was a thriving business centre are Yahyali, Yaceibedir and Dosemealti were some of the more popular villages whereas Taspinar another area nearby made similar pieces but with coarser knot and looser.
There hasn’t been much change in the Turkish carpet Industry except that the above villages left behind their old designs and started making modern pieces like the Kars Kazak and the above mentioned pieces but in modern colors and bigger knots for a commercial market. As most of Anatolian carpets are also influenced in design by the Caucasians carpets from Russia Lots of trading was done across the vast expanse of Anatolia bringing with them their finished products for barter trading and the bazaars since Europe was so near is why we saw a lot of Caucasian Carpets ending up there.
Today finding an authentic Turkish Yaveibedir, Yahyali or Dosemealti is no easy task as they were all bought and taken out and very few villages would have pieces left behind by their forefathers, although limited in numbers once you find them and see their works it brings a whole new meaning back to a simple village life full of warm colours as depicted in the few I have been lucky to find during my travels as in the last 15-20 years not many were seen and Industrialization took a toll on keeping up with making carpets costing a mere few hundred USD and like many old artifacts’ that got lost the younger generation prospered in other ways.

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