Region of Origin
- Angular edges and shapes like diamonds, squares, lattices, crosses, and stripes as well as geometric animals
- A chevron motif combines zigzags into a stripe layout
- An interplay of repeating medallions fill out the field
- Anatolian in origin, a hands-on-hips motif represents a mother goddess figure sometimes depicted with a child in her womb, symbolizing motherhood, fertility, and abundance
- Geometric stepped details characteristic of Anatolian motifs
Van in eastern Turkey is known for its dark, earth-toned kilims with stylized floral motifs, animal figures, and simple borders. Rugs from Van are woven by nomadic Kurdish tribes who dwell in the area.
Wool is the most popular fiber used in Turkish rugs because it is supple, durable, and plentiful in supply.