Region of Origin
- An oversized central medallion centerpiece design appropriated from 15th century Persian manuscript covers, now a mainstay of carpet weaving
- Simple, tribal, bold, and colorful motifs that originate from the Anatolian region that comprises the majority of modern-day Turkey
- Angular edges and shapes like diamonds, squares, lattices, crosses, and stripes as well as geometric animals
- A geometric, stylized arch that symbolizes a gateway to paradise
Avanos, in central Anatolia, is famous for its handicrafts, including rugs and pottery. Rugs from Avanos often feature geometricized floral motifs and scalloped-edge fields.
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.