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Kayseri Silk carpet
Kayseri Silk Carpet
The town of Kayseri, situated in central Turkey, has been famous as a carpet making center for centuries. Carpets and Kilims of Kayseri are of various types. Silk carpets, artificial silk and wool (floss), natural wool (no dyes), and Bunyan carpets are the major categories produced. Kayseri carpets are woven both at the workshops and in the homes. Weavers usually buy yarn from shops and after finishing their carpet wolud sell it to the same shop in ordar to buy more yarn. The Kayseri floss carpets with silk looking yarns in bright colours, have found favour with Europeans with their attractive designs. They look very much like silk carpets to foreigners. The sizes, designs and number of knots are the same as Bunyan carpets, but the large sizes are rather rare. In the floss carpets chemical dyes are used, because the yarn (floss) can only be dyed with chemicals. Cotton is used as warp and weft and floss is used for the knots. This carpets are considered the masterpieces of Kayseri and as such are sought out by dealers to sell to the foreign trade. Sometimes Kayseri carpets are woven entirelly in silk and will have 600,000 to 700,000 knots per square meter.
Bunyan carpets are offen in floral designs of a typical Oriental carpet. The yarn is cotton and wool dyed with wegetible dyes, and about 120,000 to 150,000 knots per square meter.The Kayseri Bunyan carpets are made in different sizes; from pillow sizes of 62 by 100 cm. to the large 16 square meters carpet. Kayseri natural wool carpets have all the properties of Bunyan carpets execpt there are not as many colours used as in the Bunyan carpets. Colours of white, cream, light and dark brown and sometimes black are used in this types of carpets with the same number knots as in the Bunyan carpets. Kayseri Floss Carpet
Kayseri Floss Carpet
Kayseri Silk Carpet
Kayseri Silk Carpet


This site prepared by Tayfun Kalyoncu on 28.02.1997 and last updated on 01.05.1999.
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