This vintage Turkish kilim rug is from Afyon, Turkey. 50-60 years old and in very good condition.
Kilims of the Afyon region are generally distinguished by finger-like protrusions that extend outwards from medallions or from other geometric shapes employed in the designs. The name of this characteristic motif is parmakli which comes from the Turkish word parmak, or finger, so the design can be translated as “with fingers”. Parmakli, however, also suggests parmaklik, or fence, and in some Afyon designs there are so many of these protrusions that they do seem to evoke fences rather than fingers. Or, perhaps, they may symbolize the high mountain ranges rising like barriers on the borders of the region.
Its full name of Afyonkarahisar commonly shortened to Afyon, the city and its province are located in the West of central Anatolia where archaeological finds show human habitation at least as early as the Chalcolithic Age and Hittites rule beginning ca. 1800 BC. The construction of the castle that dominates the town is attributed to the Hittite King Mursilis (ca. 1350 BC). Before the arrival of Turkmen tribes ca. AD 1070 Phrygians, Lydians, Persians, Gauls (or Galatians), Pergamenes, Romans and Byzantines ruled here and Afyon was variously known as Acroenos, Acronion, Nicopolis and Opion. Phrygian culture flowered here between the 8th and 7th centuries BC and it was in the nearby former Phrygian capital of Gordion that textile fragments from that era were found. Amongst these were scraps of the earliest known plain weaves and slit weaves, some with simple geometric designs, which may possibly have been the forerunners of today’s kilims. At the very least it shows that the basic techniques of kilim-making were already practiced in that era.
Contemporary Afyon kilims are made in plain weave or slit weave, and the primary colors employed are apricot, pink, blue, green and yellow. The hues are mainly light, but some new village kilims tend to be garish unless faded in the sun. Wool and mohair are produced in the region and the wool used for kilims is of medium and fine quality.
Material: 100%wool, hand woven. Size: 6.04x7.61 ft (184x232 cm)
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