Region of Origin
- A central medallion centerpiece design appropriated from 15th century Persian manuscript covers, now a mainstay of carpet weaving
- Geometric stepped details characteristic of Anatolian motifs
- A hexagonal structure, also referred to as a lozenge, represents the female form and fertility
- Angular edges and shapes like diamonds, squares, lattices, crosses, and stripes as well as geometric animals
- Simple, tribal, bold, and colorful motifs that originate from the Anatolian region that comprises the majority of modern-day Turkey
- Commonly associated with the Yoruk nomads of Anatolia, latch-hook ornaments and details protect against ill-will and sources of danger like wild animals or natural catastrophes
Malatya in central Anatolia is known for its coarsely knotted rugs with geometric designs woven by Kurdish tribes.
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.