Author(s): Sema ETİKAN, Filiz Nurhan ÖLMEZ

Looking back at the origin of Milas carpets, they are considered to be brought by the immigrant Turkoman near the end of the 17th century, and they are considered to have continued to improve in 18th and 19th centuries. The core culture of the Turkoman who came from different regions had joined together and blended with the regional culture of Milas. As a result, carpets with unique color, motif and pattern properties have emerged. Milas carpets can be grouped in accordance with their pattern properties as prayer rugs, bordered carpets with narrow ground, fully bordered patterned carpets, square medallion carpets, snake motif carpets, life tree motif carpets and medallion carpets (Karacahisar carpets). Milas carpets can also be grouped in accordance with the areas they were woven in, and they are split into two groups as “Gereme” and “Karacahisar” carpets. However, in the weaving culture of the region, there are other variations of carpets known as Milas carpets which have been woven for long years, while they do not completely belong in these categories. One of these variations is the “Kabuksuz” patterned carpets. A study specific to the Kabuksuz Milas carpets has not yet been encountered. The ground of the first known example of the Kabuksuz carpet which was dated back in the 19th century, generally consists of floral patterns and all of those motifs have been named as the “Kabuksuz” pattern. The weaving of the Kabuksuz carpet, which are woven in some villages of the Milas province as well as certain villages of the Bodrum province that are occupied with weaving, is less common compared to the Milas carpets. In this study, data regarding Milas carpets with Kabuksuz pattern has been compiled, and their colour, motif, pattern and other certain technical properties have been examined.


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