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East Anatolia | Goat wool and cotton | Early 20th Century

These carpets come from a micro-region of south East Anatolia, on the border with Syria. Essential to daily life, therefore especially precious, these kilims were used for the desiccation of fruits and cereals, the winter food supply. The unusual combination of cotton and goat wool, not only made them especially strong, but created a sophisticated vibrant pattern. They were often embroidered with small colourful symbols to call for totemic protection during the process of drying the fruit.