Karapınar is located around 100 kilometres east of the provincial capital of Konya on the edge of the high plateau in Central Anatolia. The large-format flat-weaves from this region are usually adapted to the architecture of the homes.

The large divided Parmaklı diamonds are on a ground that changes colours. The mighty kelim stripes are separated by horizontal rows of calyx halves, which are typical for flat-weaves from Central Anatolia. This so-called Gülbudak motif appears in alternating primary and secondary colours and is frequently found in flat-weaves from the Karapınar region. Rubia tinctorum (madder) has been reliably confirmed as the dye for red, aubergine and orange. The dye for yellow is from dyer’s weld (Reseda luteola) and the blue is from natural indigo. The corrosion-resistant black can be attributed to having been dyed multiple times with the dyes for red, yellow and blue. The colour analyses indicated no use of iron mordants.

Bibliography: Werner Brüggemann, Yayla, Frankfurt am Main 1993. Harry Koll, Die Farben meiner Träume (The colours of my dreams), Aachen 2011.



Karapınar, Central Anatolia
Property of ExOriente, Waldbrunn (Germany)

Age: 2nd half of the 19th century
Format: 411 x 154 cm (approx. 13‘ 6“ x 5‘ 1“)
Warp: Undyed wool warp
Colours: Saturated natural colours
Weft: Dyed wool yarn
In outstanding condition

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