This design is inspired by carpets that were made by the weavers for to be used by the weavers themselves. It is stylistically the most “tribal” of the collection.
Reminiscent of an Anatolian Kilim, four bands of anthropomorphic protection symbols are finished at the top and bottom with evil eye motifs, or “goz”.
The colours of madder red, indigo blue and natural cream are generally the most predominant in these types of rugs, as they were the cheapest for the weavers to procure; the cream of the sheep’s wool often being used as a ground colour.
Dyeing expenses do not factor into carpet design in the same way today, but these influences echo down the generations and the traditional palettes remain.