Country of origin: Afghanistan
These carpets are made by Yuruk’s semi-nomadic tribes who leave near the ocean on the warm plains during the winter months. The villages are around Antalya, on the Mediterranean coast, are the main producing centres of this type of carpets are made with wool and dyes produced by the nomads themselves.
The predominant colours are always bright red and dark blue, with a smaller amount of white. Distinctive patterns in the borders are the sheep’s eye and knife tip and the “hands on hips” motif, an age-old symbol denoting female fertility which dates back to the time when the tribes worshipped madder goddesses. The fields are usually are taken up by a large red double mihrab, edged in ram’s horn motif. Often the shape of the double mihrab is cut into two by two triangles on either side. Ears of grain representing fertility and carnations are frequently seen. Sometimes one can see a strange motif, a stylized representation of the human figure which is used to guard against evil. The number of knots in these carpets are equal to 160,000 knots per square meter.
The colours of the rug look different depending on the angle from which you look at it.
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