Region of Origin
- Repeating medallions create visual interest as medallions fill out the length of a runner with ornate details
- A geometric running water motif, with repeating waves, representing water as an indispensable element in life
- A result of gentle wear over time, a cross-hatched fade pattern produces a soft, distressed effect that mutes the color palette
- Simple, tribal, bold, and colorful motifs that originate from the Anatolian region that comprises the majority of modern-day Turkey
Usak in inner west Anatolia is known for carpets that mark the rise of what scholars refer to as the Turkish carpet design revolution. This revolution refers to the transition from highly geometric designs to curvilinear designs seen in Persian carpets that closely resemble motifs in Ottoman architecture and art.
Wool is the most popular fiber used in Turkish rugs because it is supple, durable, and plentiful in supply. A cotton foundation is also a popular choice, used to tie the wool knots onto. Cotton is rigid and strong, providing a firm foundation that stands the test of time.