Kilim Rugs have become popular in the western world as bold and striking floor coverings. Dig a little bit deeper and you will learn that Turkish kilims are woven with a language of their own and hidden in every colour choice, pattern and motif there are stories, symbols of luck, fortune and protection.
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Kilim Buyers Guide
Before you buy a Kilim for yourself, take the time to understand its meaning and significance. These rugs are woven works of art and often woven by Turkish mothers to pass on to their children, friends and extended families, in the same way that patchwork quilts are often passed on through Western families.
Here is a list of common Kilim symbols (Courtesy of Wikipedia):
|Marriage||♀ principle (4 examples)|
|Cross||Haç||Protection||Evil eye||to divide the evil eye into four
|Hook||Çengel||Protection||Evil eye||to destroy the evil eye|
|Eye||Göz||Protection||Evil eye||to ward off the evil eye
|Running water||Su Yolu||Fresh water||Life||very important in tribal life
|Fertility||Bereket||Fertility||Marriage||Combines ♀ Hands-on-hips, ♂ Ram’s horn
|Marriage||♂ principle (2 examples)|
|Love and Unison||Aşk ve Birleşim||Love and harmony||Marriage||Derived from Oriental
|Evil eye||Contained a verse of scripture
|Life||Owl and raven signify bad luck;
pigeon and nightingale, good luck.
Also souls of the dead; expectation of news.
|Fetter||Bukaǧı||Union||Marriage||To tie family or lovers together.
The fetter tied front and hind legs of a goat.
|Marriage||Unmarried women prepared dowry in a chest.|
|Earring||Küpe||Marriage||–||A common wedding present|
|Protection of the flocks||Wolves||(2 examples)|
|Scorpion||Akrep||Protection||Scorpions||(2 examples) Similar motifs are used for other
animals such as Spider, Crab and Dragon.
|Dragon||Ejder||Protection?||–||Dragon is “master of air and water”,
cause of lunar eclipse, guard of treasure.
|Tree of life||Hayat Aǧacı||Immortality||–||Many different plants may be represented,
e.g. beech, cypress, fig, oak,
olive, palm, pomegranate, vine
|Evil eye||Plant is used to ward off evil eye.
With many flowers, it symbolizes abundance.