Alter Kayseri made of pure silk
113 cm x 68 cm
Nr. 13386


Geometric Alter Kayseri made of pure silk, gray with field pattern and border

Place of origin
Size113 cm x 68 cm (= 0.77 qm)
Manufacturinghand knotted
MaterialFlor: pure silk
Weft & Warp: pure silk
Pile height3mm
Year of manufacture1980
Coloringgray, golden beige
EditionSingle piece

Place of origin

Kayseri (Latin Caesarea, named in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius) is the capital of the homonymous Province of Kayseri in Cappadocia in Turkey. Kayseri rugs (also called Kaiseri rugs) are mostly made of pure silk. They are very valuable and decorative. Kayseri rugs are typically knotted in smaller sizes and used as wall or prayer rugs. This old Kayseri is more than 40 years old and a true collector's item.


The so-called field pattern of this Kayseri is reminiscent of a lushly overgrown garden with geometrically structured, individually bordered flowerbeds. This design is distinctive, which is why field design rugs are also called garden rugs in German. The individual panels of the design of this Kayseri show different motifs, but follow a strictly symmetrical, rectangular arrangement.

There is a reason for this: large parts of Persia and many other regions of the Middle and Near East are desert or steppe-like arid areas, in which so-called irrigation horticulture is often practiced. Water is brought to the beds through small irrigation channels. Field patterns reflect this irrigation system in a very simplified way. Due to drought in these regions, flowering and green gardens are also a characteristic of it. The field pattern is therefore probably due to the desire to bring a little garden and thus a little paradise into the house. In Koran the term garden, a word of ancient Persian origins, appears very often as an earthly counterpart to paradise.

The background of this Kayseri is gray. The border features gray and golden beige.


This Kayseri has a story. It was hand knotted about 1980. We have cleaned it thoroughly and restored it lovingly. Therefore it is in very good condition despite its age.


The silk of the pile of this Kayseri allows the colors forming the pattern to shine in different nuances depending on the lighting. It makes this Kayseri a real highlight and creates a cozy and at the same time very elegant and premium atmosphere in the room. Silk is manually extracted from the cocoons of the silk moth. Since individual silk threads are extremely long, the result is very thin yarns, which are nevertheless tear-resistant under low stress. Smaller rug knots can be made with this thin yarn, which create finer patterns. Therefore, the finest rugs in the world are hand-knotted made of pure silk. In this Kayseri even the background is made of pure silk. Due to the thin but durable material of the weft and warp threads, a particularly fine knotting and, therefore, a particularly fine pattern is feasible.

The colors of this carpet change depending on which side it is viewed from. It depends on whether the light falls on the line or against the line of the pile. We have therefore taken pictures of this rug from different perspectives.
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