Being a part of the life of nomads and hosting a great heritage that has been successfully preserved until today, Döşemealtı frequently finds itself in the local and foreign press with its world-famous Döşemealtı Carpet. We wanted to introduce you to this precious value by talking about its history and its construction.
The district of Antalya, which is famous for the natural and cultural riches, Döşemealtı continues to maintain a valuable tradition of Nomad culture. The Döşemealtı Carpet, hand-woven on looms unique to the region, arouses admiration with its deep-rooted history and flawless craftsmanship; It introduces Antalya and our country to the world in the most beautiful way.
Its History Goes Back to the 12th Century.
Teke Nomads, who came to Anatolia after the 12th Century and settled in Antalya and its surroundings, both gave their names to the region and spread their culture. Weaving, one of the most important handicrafts of Antalya today, is a part of the nomadic life of Yörük. The Döşemealtı Carpet is woven on looms called Ishtar and is famous for the local motifs. The yarn of the carpet, which is wool, is prepared after the sheep shear. Women wash the wool and fleece, divide it into fibers with their hands, spin it with brickwork, and twist it with a tenon. After the bending process is finished, the carpet’s threads are dyed with madder dyes obtained from nature. Dyed yarns are used as weft and warp in carpet weaving. Döşemealtı rugs are woven with a reverse knot. The predominant colours in carpets; red, blue, dark blue, burgundy, green, black and white. According to the floor composition, the rugs woven in the Döşemealtı region have names such as Halelli, Bulk, Kocasulu, Dalli, Mihrapli Scorpion, Scales, Bulk, Cushioned, Flag, Star, Laleli Mihrapli, Saddlebag Bulk and Ambarli.
Carpet Fields is a Visual Feast
Döşemealtı is also advantageous with suitable climatic conditions for weaving. Rugs woven in different provinces are brought to Döşemealtı and laid on the fields around the Taurus Mountains and turned into pastel colours under the sun. Tens of thousands of carpets laid one by one on hundreds of thousands of acres of land show the cultural richness of Anatolia on the one hand, and on the other hand, images that are almost as good as oil paintings. Thanks to this advantage, Döşemealtı has appeared in the world press many times so far. Döşemealtı photographs, which international agencies saw, were featured in the publications of foreign organizations such as the Washington Post, Corriere Della Sera, NBC News, and the domestic press.