Welcome to todays report from the Rugs Unraveled Guild (Agents of R.U.G.). For your viewing pleasure, I present a 19th century rug attributed to the Karapinar region of Turkey.
Collectors know that some of the finest rugs came from Karapinar. It is said that the women who wove them were both beautiful and gifted, where the sheep were said to produce the finest wool and where the acidic mountain springs produced the most vibrant dyes.
Karapinar, which in Turkish means “black spring” due to the coal mines and volcanic fields throughout the area, is a village about an hour’s drive east of Konya, the commercial hub of Turkey’s heartland and historic home of the Sufi Whirling Dervishes.
What is a Sufi Whirling Dervish you ask? You probably have seen them before. Click this link, you will not be disappointed.