Rug Glossary

  • A general term referring to ‘tribal nomad’ but always used to denote Kurdish tribes in eastern Anatolia. Although the Kurds have been resident there for centuries, it is rare to find a pre-1800 Yuruk rug. Almost all are in scatter sizes, with a few runners. The patterns are geometric, though not as stark as the Kazaks made relatively nearby. Earth tones, oranges and rusts predominate, and the structure is all wool. Each tribe has its own design repertory.

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