Caput Rug Turkish Striped Kilim 165x235cm
This is a vintage Turkish Caput rug with grey striped design.
It is handmade by gypsy women in South Central Turkey.
They usually, and also in this case, have a simple striped design and hardwearing texture.
This caput kilim is made up of two identical strips sewn together on the selvedges to make a wider piece.
Turkish Caput Kilim
This vintage Turkish caput kilim is handmade with mixed materials of cotton and goat hair. The latter gives it a slight rough feel to it. It sits strong and sturdy on the floor yet underlay might be recommended depending on the flooring underneath. For high quality underlay, pls click here.
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Maintaining and caring for your carpet
It is best to vacuum your rug on a lower setting and make sure you also do the reverse now and then as just as much dust accumulates there, as on the front.
Furthermore, it is sensible to give your rug a good shake outside every couple of months.
Caput kilim rugs have a tribal folkloristic character but in the same time the absence of borders or any kind of motif makes them different: they are generally colourful with a simple striped design and hardwearing texture.
The making of a caput kilim is largely associated with the Turkish gypsy culture. They are made by women for domestic purposes, life was spend on the floor, upon which various coverings where being laid to serve as bedding, blankets, table sofa, or protection against the stony ground.
Gypsies are known for their travelling lifestyle but unlike the traditional nomads they do not have reds and wide lands. Their economy is based on ‘commercial nomadism’ selling their craft products in exchange for the products they need.
The gypsies making these sort of kilims live in South Central Turkey. As this area has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and wet winters, it is ideal for cotton production. As such, cotton is predominantly used in the making of these kilims. They often add goat hair to the kilims as well, to make them more water resistant. Goat hair has the quality to expand with water and this makes that water cannot get through. This quality of water resistance is important for the gypsies as they often use these kilims as covers or to blankets.
The making of a caput kilim is done on a portable loom that can be rolled up and packed on to an animal for migration and re-erected when they reach their new destination.
This means it only allows you to weave long narrow strips which are then cut into parts and sewn together to make larger pieces to serve as coverings for various domestic purposes.
This Turkish Caput kilim is handwoven by gypsy women in South Central Turkey.
Typical for handmade rugs is that they do not necessarily have perfect symmetrical designs. They have imperfections in their design and that is also part of the charm of handwoven rugs.
In this case the kilim is handwoven on a large narrow loom and cut into two, to make a symmetrical wider rug sewn together on the selvedges.
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This Turkish caput kilim is part of Turkish folk art.
That means it is made by heart, without any drawing or cartoon to follow.
The weaver has the freedom to invent the rug while weaving and be the artist of her own creation, instead of ‘simply’ executing a specific drawing or cartoon.
Looking after your rug
It is sensible to give your rug a good shake outside every couple of months and hoover it regularly.
Every four or five times you hoover your rug, make sure the reverse is also vacuumed because just as much dust an accumulate there, as on the front.
This striped Turkish Caput rug is flat-woven and could benefit from an underlay depending on the flooring underneath.
“Underlay makes SUCH a difference not only in keeping the rug in place but also in making it feel much nicer to walk on.”
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The quicker you deal with spills, the less chance there is of it staining.
The effective way to treat a spill, for example red wine, is to apply water to begin with to dilute the stain, followed by mopping it with a kitchen towel straight away.
Start from the outside of the stain and work inwards to limit the affected area, but do not rub the stain as this can damage the yarn. Once a carpet gets wet, it is important to dry it out thoroughly afterwards, to prevent the wool from rotting. use a hairdryer, underfloor heating or radiator to get the rug completely dry afterwards.
Don’t use any bleach or chemical treatments as they might take the stain out, but leave a white stain instead. When in doubt, professional carpet cleaning will always remain the best choice. If you need advice on this, pleased get in touch.
Delivery and returns
Your online order will be dispatched with UPS within 5 working days. Worldwide shipping is available with no extra charges to EU after Brexit. You will receive a tracking number once your rug is on its way with a link to track your order.
If you are unhappy about your purchase, for whatever reason, you can return your item within 2 days of receiving your order for a full refund, minus postage costs.
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