Bohemian StyleSeptember 23, 2018
Part 5: Major Kilim Producing Regions in Turkey: Aegean Region, ManisaDecember 8, 2018
One of the fascinating aspects of Denizli and its immediate region is its connection with the manufacture of textiles, continuous since antiquity. Today’s Denizli stands in close proximity to the sites of three famous ancient cities, Laodiceia, Colossae and Hierapolis, all located on land well irrigated by the River Lycus, as it was called in the Classical Era, a tributary of the great Meander, known today as Menderes.
“Among the products of Laodiceia one is outstanding – her wool. This was reckoned softer even than that of Miletus, and was remarkable for its raven-black colour, attributed by Vitruvius to the water which the sheep drank.”
Today Denizli and the nearby town of Buldan are well known for various textile products, including kilims, often still manufactured on hand-and-foot-operated family looms located in private homes. This type of individual production still perpetuates some of the traditional symbolism of design and detail, while workshop-produced items, generally for export, are known to stress qualities desired by the market.
Denizli kilims are usually made in slitweave and their designs, especially in larger kilims, feature serrated central medallions and a bright, vibrant palette.