This Turkish Shirvan rug is handwoven with hand spun wool and vegetable dyes in the original Turkish double knotting style.
Vegetable Dyes, Wool
This rug can be hand washed without the dyes running.
About Our Carpets
About Our Carpets
Hi, My name is Max Önder, and I am the proud owner and founder of Karavan: Treasured from Turkey. My journey in the U.S. began over 30 years ago in the late ‘80s when I was brought from Turkey to Philadelphia as an expert in vegetable dyes and antique rugs by George Jev. and Prof. Henry Glassie (who was the head of the American Folklore Society).
After successfully helping to grow George Jev’s carpet business, I decided to pursue my own passion for rugs. I wanted to specialize in one-of-a-kind antique village, tribal, and dowry rugs, as well as, newly produced rugs made in traditional styles with hand-spun wool and natural or vegetable dyes. As economies shift and urbanization takes hold in Turkey and the greater Middle East, handmade production of this caliber of carpets has been in decline. Our unique collection includes some of the last pieces of beautiful and practical, ancient art.
All of the rugs you can find on our site are hand-knotted in the traditional form, which includes wool on wool or wool on an organic pre-washed cotton base. These styles of carpet weaving make the rugs incredibly durable and the natural vegetable dyes resist color bleeding. The wool in our rugs is not bleached and has been washed multiple times during their production. Some of the much older antique rugs may have some repairs on the edges and fringes may be restored.
Some details about production:
1. These rugs were woven vertically by pulling the knots down. As a result, if one looks against the pile (the direction the rug was knotted) it looks darker, however, from the opposite direction the rug looks lighter. This effect can be more or less pronounced depending on the lighting.
2. The specialized knotting technique used to produce these rugs requires small hands and therefore are typically woven by women, while men tend the sheep, sheering and dying the wool. This is a great source of income and helps improve create gender equality in pay to Turkish villages. Importantly, children’s hands are not utilized in the production of these rugs, and child labor is strictly forbidden in Turkey.
3. Larger antique rugs were mostly commissioned by local dignitaries or Europe’s affluent class. As such, the materials used in these rugs are of the highest quality.
4. Many of our newer rugs were directly commissioned by me in the mountainous villages of Adiyaman and Malatya. In this way, I was able to have direct oversight on the production process, materials, designs, and fair compensation for the workers involved.
5. For those of you who may have allergies to carpets, it is important to know that none of our rugs contain wool that is bleached. The chemicals used in bleaching wool are what cause a majority of carpet related allergies.
6. Your rugs hand-washed by a professional or spot cleaned by you.
It is important to remember that each rug has history and meaning behind each symbol, color, and design. I love to talk about my pieces so please reach out to me for further details on any of my carpets.
Your carpets should always be cleaned by a professional. Our recommendation is to look for someone who cleans antique handmade carpets, or call us to see if we can help find the right professional in your area.
For spot cleaning, you may use Resolve or Hoover Oxy deep products. Just spray the spot lightly and blot it out with thick paper towel. Do not over do it. Warning that sometimes the red dye bleeds.
In general, regular vacuuming should do the job. If there are no major accidents on the rug, cleaning is not required on a yearly basis.
We stand behind the quality of our products 100%.
We are proud to say that almost all of Karavan’s products are handmade and sourced from the best producers in Turkey. Some of our antique rugs are sourced directly from families on a person to person level. We establish strong relationships and care deeply about not only the quality of the materials, but the people behind it.
Because most of the products are uniquely one-of-a-kind, we encourage you to call if you have questions. If there's ever an issue with purchased item, simply call or email and we'll promptly address the problem and make it right.