The art of weaving, which concerns a wide geographical zone from the Balkans to China, was probably born in Anatolia, the cradle of multiple civilizations.
Turkish carpets and kilims, originating from this rich past, have an important place in the world and have always been at the foreground of carpet literature. With their rich motifs, each area of Türkiye has a specific carpet-weaving culture. These rugs, with their combinations of colors and motifs, were a source of inspiration for many famous western painters. Silk and wool carpets designed by the Nakkas (designers of the Ottoman palace) were the finest and most famous rugs in the world. Handmade carpets and kilims are generally produced by weavers in Anatolia, but Istanbul is the hub of the carpet trade. As Türkiye’s biggest city with great potential for work, most of the exports of handmade products are carried out from Istanbul. Also, Gaziantep has a great potential for machine-made carpet. As the world export market was 2,9 billion dollars, 53% of it exported from Gaziantep, in 2019.