This vintage Turkish kilim rug is from Maras, Turkey. 50-60 years old and in very good condition.
The documented ancestry of this city is ancient indeed since it goes back to the records of the Assyrians who call it by its pre-1973 name of Marash. The addition of the honorific prefix “kahraman”, meaning “heroic”, was made in the emotionally patriotic times that followed a military intervention into the civil affairs of the country, undoubtedly meant to accentuate the devotion of Marash citizens to the cause of national unity during the Turkish War of Independence. Some two thousand years ago the city, then named Caesarea Germanicia, began to mint its imperial coins ca. A.D. 38. It was part of Commagene, a kingdom that had come under Roman rule. A millennium later it was seized by the Norman princes Bohemond and Tancred, two of the leaders of the First Crusade, to be added to their conquest of the County of Edessa, today’s Urfa. Marash was also an important stopping place on the fabulous Silk Road that linked the West to China. This variegated heritage is reflected in many overt and covert ways in the culture of Marash, and although geographic and climatologic classifications include Marash in the Mediterranean region, its kilim associations are somewhat closer to those of Southeastern Anatolia. Throughout Turkey Marash is primarily renowned for its thick, tasty ice cream, but the region is also known for its highly regarded kilims produced for the general market. These are made mostly in workshops, mainly using the slitweave method with designs geared to accommodate the interior decoration preferences of urban and foreign buyers.
Material: 100%wool, hand woven. Size: 4.10x8.04 ft (125x245 cm)
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*Please note that; we rework all Kilims before ship ( head/end corrections, stretching, border correction,local corrections re-cleaning) Our Kilim rugs are unique and handmade.