Region of Origin
- A wide dominant border flanked by two minor reciprocal borders
- A central medallion centerpiece design appropriated from 15th century Persian manuscript covers, now a mainstay of carpet weaving
- Simple and timeless stripes
- Geometric stepped details characteristic of Anatolian motifs
Siirt, in southeastern Turkey, is known throughout Turkey for lightweight, flatwoven kilims made of goat hair in tones of black, white, gray, and tan. Its unique kilims feature a lustrous pile that is achieved by brushing the front-facing surface of the rug to tease up the longer fibers.
Goat hair is longer in fiber length and stiffer than sheep's wool. In a Siirt kilim, goat hair is flatwoven and brushed repeatedly to tease out a textured pile to mimic the furry hide of animal pelts.