Sunday, 5 October 2014

New finds from Anatolia, October 2014

Kilims and rugs found on a three week trip to Anatolia and Cappadocia

We are just home from a three week trip to Turkey, starting in Antalya and working our way up to Cappadocia via Konya and Aksaray. This time we also managed to have some time off looking for interesting kilims and did some sightseeing, visiting Mevlana mosque, home of Rumi, and the carpet museum with its ancient rug fragments. In Cappadocia we enjoyed cooler but mostly fine weather and explored some of the ancient valleys flanked by fairy chimneys, rock cut homes and churches with pigeon houses cut high up into the cliffs.

Here is a selection of the one hundred or so kilims and rugs we found. Antique textiles, including some beautiful Syrian and Cappadocian silk weavings from Urgup, I will post later. If you would like to see more of the finds from this trip, please visit

Antique yoruk nomad small rug from the village of Yavuz Eli between Gaziantep and Adiyaman in south east Anatolia.

A large antique Taspinar yoruk nomad kilim with stunning colours and design.

A 1900s long Sivas 9 saf prayer kilim with a design going back to the 18th century.
A very finely woven 19th c. Anatolian kilim with Adana like centre and Aksaray border; stunning colours and drawing!

Large east Anatolian Kurdish rug

A fine 19th century Malatya Sinan village kilim

An antique Aydin Cine kilim from west Anatolia

A beautiful antique kilim from Adana with great colours

A mid 20th century saf kilim from Sivas

A rare small antique kilim from Alibey Huyugu near Cumra close to the ancient site of Catal Hüyuk in the Konya region associated with the Anatolian mother goddess.

A very well woven 20th century prayer kilim from Erzurum

A fine antique Malatya prayer kilim from Porga Village, Yeşilyurt including metal thread

An early 20th century Sarkoy kilim in excellent condition

Antique Uzbek kilim from Ghudjeri, Akingilem, excellent natural dyes with small nomadic repairs with pieces of tent bands

A very rare antique prayer rug from the Kurdish district of Konya. There is one example in the Mevlana Museum, Konya.

A very large old Konya Hotamis kilim in excellent condition (photo taken under artificial light).

An old Karapinar saf kilim

An antique Manastir yastik kilim from the Mihaliccik area of west Turkey

A rare and beautiful yoruk nomad woman's prayer rug woven on goat hair from the Gaziantep region.

A large antique prayer kilim from Yahyali

An excellent example of a small Konya village kilim from Akviran

A rare old kilim horse cover with piled rug decorations from Nidge in Cappadocia