Anatolia

Tulu

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Description

Tulu is the Turkish term for long, irregular long-pile carpets with modest adornments and bright colours, used as bedding.

They are little known, yet they represent the continuation of a tradition dating back thousands of years and which is now gradually coming to light thanks to the archaeological excavation work that reveals to us the earliest weaving practices of the East.

Tulu are village carpets, woven on household looms and featuring simple ornamental motifs. The same looms are also used to weave the fabrics required for day-to-day purposes such as grain and rice storage, or for colourful drapes to be used as blankets, curtains or tablecloths.


The charm of these carpets, the pile of which is very long indeed, places them in a class of their own: they are produced not to be sold on western markets but, rather, to provide a soft surface to sleep on. Thus, the simple, schematic pattern elements, featuring a huge range of colours, are derived from magical symbols included to protect the sleeper, in keeping with the most ancient of Anatolian traditions.

We find tulu in white or dark brown shades, and others featuring very bright colours, with repeated pattern elements covering the entire field, or the traditional centrally positioned medallion. The only unifying element is the extraordinarily long pile, produced with wools so shiny they are sometimes mistaken for silk.