Alfija

Alfija Vintage Oriental Rug

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Rug Description

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted in Kars, Turkey

Dimensions: 6'1" x 8'2" (186 cm x 250 cm)

Alfija has been professionally cleaned; age-related wear and natural inconsistencies are inherent in these unique, handcrafted vintage rugs.

Rug Type:
  • Naturally Aged

    Vintage, handwoven rugs from Turkey and Morocco, selected for their color and design and preserved as-is.

Age:
  • Vintage

    Typically between 20-100 years old

Main Color:
  • Pink
Color Palette:
  • Dark Dusty Rose Pink

    A dark pink-red

  • Baby Blue

    A light azure blue

  • Navy

    A deep true navy

  • Moss Green

    A grayish green, with a hint of yellow

  • Bone Beige

    A pale, cool beige

  • Golden Olive

    A greenish-golden light brown

Rug Details

  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool
  • Dimensions: 6'1" x 8'2" (186 cm x 250 cm)
  • Low pile: approximately 0.2" (0.5 cm)
  • Color palette: dark dusty rose pink, baby blue, navy, moss green, bone beige, golden olive

Curator's Notes

Motifs
  • A variation of motifs—simple, tribal, bold, and colorful—all hailing from the Anatolian region (modern-day Turkey)
  • A prominent, oversized medallion anchors the motif to a center focal point from which the design blooms out and is balanced by complementary design elements
  • Anatolian in origin, a hands-on-hips motif represents a mother goddess figure (sometimes with a child in her womb)—symbolizing motherhood, fertility, and abundance
  • Typically associated with the Yoruk nomads of Anatolia, these latch-hook ornaments are believed to protect against sources of danger—including ill will, wild animals, and natural disasters
  • Crosses are a fundamental element of rug design (occasionally alluding to faith)
  • Rectangular shapes mimic castle battlements—symbolizing protection and security
  • A raised pattern woven with a slightly higher pile
Region of Origin

Kars, found in the easternmost part of Turkey (near the Caucasus border), is known for its rugs woven with modified Caucasian designs. Almost always constructed with an all-wool foundation, these rugs are coarsely woven in either earth-toned natural wool colors (like cream, gray, and brown) or pastel pinks and blues.

Material Details

Wool is the most widely used fiber in Turkish rug design. Not only is it plentiful in supply, it’s durable, long-lasting, and incredibly plush—so it’s super comfy to walk and relax on.

How to Style This Rug

Medium rugs between 5’ x 8’ and 6’ x 9’ are loved for their versatility.

Living Room

Bedroom

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