An excellent quality thick pile wool rug with deep blue green and red colours, typical of the Dosemealti region. The rug has some minor ware but is generally in good condition. Around 70 years old.
Dosemealti oriental rugs are woven within a large region located in southern Anatolia, Turkey. Anatolia is the Turkish peninsula bound by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, the Aegean Sea, and the Sea of Marmara.
The first village in the Dosemealti region to weave rugs was the village of Kovanlik. The people of Kovanlik descended from the Karakoyunlu (Yoruk) Turkomans, nomads living in the plains in the winters and in the plateaus in the summers. (Yoruk is the Turkish word for nomad, especially those of Turkman origin.) They have woven their rugs in this area since the 15th century.
Yoruk tribes live in an area where the weather is cold. Their rugs have thick piles made of hand-spun wool and are used for floor coverings or hung on walls in order to keep homes warm when the weather gets too cold.
The two main tribes that live in the Taurus Mountains are the Sari Kecili which means yellow goat and Karakoyunlu which means black sheep. They have been able to preserve their ancient heritage to this day.