And You Thought We Just Made Pots…

Actually, we are quite multi-faceted here at Red Star Studios! Occasionally we contact Turkish men and have them pretty up our street with hand made rugs. At least that’s what Stephanie Kantor, current resident artist did recently. I hung out, took pictures, and learned a few things.

Stephanie found our new friend, Mehmet, on Craig’s List. He pulled up to the studio in his yellow cargo van full of absolutely wonderful Turkish rugs on a warm Kansas City afternoon.

So many sizes, so many colors! First I learned that a kilim is a woven rug. Pile rugs are either single (Persian) or double (Turkish) knotted. Single for organic patterns and double for geometric patterns. The dyes are natural; pomegranate, almond, eggplant, indigo, and sage, for example.

A young woman would weave a rug such as this for her dowry. The middle medallion might be an “eagle eye” symbol for family protection. Another common theme has to do with harvest (pictured below). The warp threads are either cotton or wool. This is indicative of geography and availability. A family who lives in a high altitude (where sheep thrive) would use wool warp. A family who lives in a low altitude would use the common crop of cotton for the warp.

Let the haggling begin!

Two beautiful antique rugs did not go back in the van! Stephanie now has them and a lasting memory. Madison Avenue carpeted…imagine that.
If you are in the market for a rug and would like to deal with a gentleman who we found to be pleasant and knowledgeable …Stephanie can hook you up with Mehmet.


2 Responses

  1. Well, I learned something new. I didn’t know about the rugs being used/made as dowries. Very interesting. I like the cups and vases you made during the workshop!

    • What are you doing up so late? Go to bed!

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