Region of Origin
- Deeply meaningful symbols to women weavers in Anatolia, interconnected medallions signify pregnancy and consequent maternity
- A wide dominant border flanked by two minor reciprocal borders
- A simple but classic zig-zag design signifies water as an indispensable element in life
- Commonly associated with the Yoruk nomads of Anatolia, latch-hook ornaments and details protect against ill-will and sources of danger like wild animals or natural catastrophes
Kars in the very easternmost part of Turkey near the border with the Caucasus is known for its rugs woven with modified Caucasian designs. They are almost always on an all-wool foundation and coarsely woven in either earth-toned natural wool colors of cream, gray, and brown, or in pastels of pink and light blue.
Wool is the most popular fiber used in Turkish rugs because it is supple, durable, and plentiful in supply.