Karapinar, Anatolia | Angora wool | Early 20th Century
Running water, the overlaid shelter and the dromedary footprint are the typical symbols of these carpets woven in precious mohair wool. Nomads used them for millennia as bedding in the mountain regions of Central Anatolia. The ancestral origin of their symbols is proved by engravings and artefacts showing similar traits that were found in Çatalhöyük. This city, today in Turkey, was once considered to be the most ancient in the world. The word Tulu means ‘hairy’ and it shows how much the texture of these carpets was essential for their function.