Steve & Deborah's Turkish
(& some other) Carpets

(below) The Silk Road
The journey from our neighborhood to Atpazari Can Sokak in Ulus
(This is for John, who likes trip maps)
Small Inset Photos:



(top) Street sign for Can Sokağı (JAHN soe-kaa), the carpet store street



(above middle) Looking up Can Sokağı



(middle) Famous replica of a Hittite iron sculpture
Also sometimes known as "Bullwinkle"



(below middle) Major traffic at a major intersection



(bottom) The view from our neighborhood toward Ulus
 



Taşpinar
45 years old
117 cm (3' 10") x
191 cm (6' 4")
wool on wool

bought from
Recep Denız
and his father, Fahrettin
of
Denız Halıcılık
Atpazarı Can Sokak #29
Ankara, Turkey
Whole carpet (above) and
details of the borders and fringe ends (below)
The fringe on the two ends are different and I think one end is missing a part, though Recep says it's OK. The fringe on the photo on the right is pink at the roots and there is a small portion of the black border missing. (See enlargement, below right.) It looks like there should have been several rows of cranberry outside the black, also. Usually when we ask for something to be repaired, Recep says "Of course; no problem", but when I asked if this end could be made to look like the other end, he said "That would be difficult".
(left) The greenish-brown background area shows evidence of corrosion

All of the parts of this carpet that are the dark greenish-brown color are worn away much deeper than anywhere else on the carpet. My carpet book (Oriental Rugs: An Introduction by Gordon Redford Walker) says this type of wear was caused by the use of aniline dyes in the late 19th century. Recep says this carpet is all natural dyes and that some of the plant dyes had that corrosive effect, also.
Colors are always hard to judge on a computer monitor. I would describe the main colors in this carpet as denim blue, cranberry red, army green, and old ivory. (Sorry about the date stamp on that last photo; I was trying out a new digital camera and didn't realize that feature was turned on.)



Dösemealti-Antalya
40 years old
128 cm (4' 3") x
195 cm (6' 5")
wool on wool


bought from
Recep Denız
and his father, Fahrettin
of
Denız Halıcılık
Atpazarı Can Sokak #29
Ankara, Turkey
Whole carpet (above) and details (below)
Border close-up Corner
The main colors are cranberry and deep aqua; secondary colors include ivory, navy, dark burgundy (almost the color of dark chocolate), and paler cranberry.
Central panel



Burdur
40 years old
89 cm (2' 11") x
168 cm (5' 5")
wool on cotton


bought from
Recep Denız
and his father, Fahrettin
of
Denız Halıcılık
Atpazarı Can Sokak #29
Ankara, Turkey
Whole carpet (above) and details (below)
The carpet does lay flat; I threw it down in a sunny spot to photograph it and didn't get it flat before I took the photos.
The main colors are salmon, navy, and ivory, with touches of aqua and two shades of tan.



Afgan-Halmehredi
Ersari
new
double knots
290 cm (9' 6") x 80 cm (2' 6")
wool on cotton


bought from
Sefa Torun
Torun Hali-Kilim
Atpazari Can Sokak # 36
Ankara, Turkey




Whole carpet (right)
and details (below and below, right)
The main color is toward the red end of the standard Afghani red-oranges. It looks brick-red most of the time and never goes that burnt-orange color that some Afghanis do. The dark accent color is true navy--almost a blue-black--and the light accent is pale yellow/gold.


Keşmir
Madalyan
new
double knots
8' x 10'
wool on cotton

bought from
Sefa Torun
Torun Hali-Kilim
Atpazari Can Sokak # 36
Ankara, Turkey
  Made by Afghan refugees in Pakistan, it is a combined Iranian/Pakistani design. It has a central medallion, roses, dark border, cream background, fairly pale rose, blue, and green tones.


Kayseri
40 years old
6'7" x 9'10"
silk on cotton


bought from
Recep Denız
and his father, Fahrettin
of
Denız Halıcılık
Atpazarı Can Sokak #29
Ankara, Turkey
Whole carpet (above) and detail (below)
The main colors are peach, rose, forest green, periwinkle, & ivory.