Dincarslan Kilim

Elizabeth Wells, Malatya Turkey
since 2019

The Place for Unique Handmade Turkish Carpets

About Dincarslan Kilim

Our Service Pledge
We guarantee the authenticity of all our items
About Us
Dinçarslan Kilim was established in Malatya, in the east of Turkey 35 years ago. We now have one of the largest selection of handmade kilims in Turkey.

We have over five thousand excellent pieces of handmade kilims, carpets, cecims and sumacs in our store. Our staff often travel to villages in Anatolia, Caucasia, and Iran in order to pick up the best pieces, which are woven in different sizes, for our customers. They visit all the carpet weaving families in order to obtain them. We pride ourselves on having good customer relations based on trust and the quality of our goods.

Quality Certificate

We offer a quality certificate with the goods. This certificate guarantees the quality of the ware as well as bearing some information.

Well Experienced in Repair and Restore

The biggest difference between us and our competitors is our repairing and restoring service. Our well-experienced staff repair and restore the ripped, torn, or deteriorated pieces without damaging their original pattern. They do it with great care and effort.

We do also offer our customers a washing and cleaning service.

Come Visit Us

We’d be so happy to see you at our store in Malatya. Even though Malatya seems very far from the major cities in Turkey, it is very easy to get to. From Istanbul and Ankara, there are regular flights to Malatya taking one to one and a half hours. There are bus and train services, too. We are willing to transfer our customers from the airport, the bus or train station to your hotel. Please feel free to contact us before your arrival

Kilim :

The difference between a kilim and a carpet or pile rug is that whereas the design visible on the kilim is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps, thus creating what is known as a flat weave, in a pile rug individual short strands of different colour, usually of wool, are knotted onto the warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly against each other. In this case, the whole design is made by these separately knotted strands that form the pile, and the patterns become clearly visible after any excessive lengths of the knotted materials are shorn off to create a level surface.
Our Huge Selection

The Dinçarslan Kilim has one of the largest selections in Turkey as we are. On our website, you can see some examples of these gorgeous kilims. But please keep in mind that we have more kilims than shown on our web site. Feel free to contact us if you are looking for a special piece, which does not appear on the site.

About Carpet :

Carpets have traditionally been produced throughout Turkey, Persia and the Central Asian regions of Turkestan and the Caucasus. The designs, colors, and overall quality of the carpets can vary greatly. Likewise, there are clear differences of function, design, and quality between tribal, village and production center carpets. A distinction needs to be made between a carpet and a kilim. Although both are handmade, the latter is flat woven rather than knotted, and are relatively smaller and much more likely to be used in a variety of functions in the home. Nomadic carpets are woven on portable looms, which limit the size of a carpet as well as the tightness of its weave. The main purpose was clearly more functional than artistic. Weaving created not only carpets but also items such as saddlebags, kilims, and wall hangings. The use of bold color contrast and warm primary colors can help to create a sense of warmth a greater sense of comfort in sometimes dreary surroundings. This is especially important when considering that the regions they live in are often cold and mountainous.

About Cecim :

Some may think that cecim is the same kilim. Though it is very similar to kilim, its weaving technique is slightly different. In the beginning, a single colored kilim is woven. Then this kilim is embroidered with different designs and turned into a cecim. Cecims are used as fine bedding and covers.

Dyeing :

The use of vegetables, bark, roots and other natural items to make dye has been a well-known art for many thousands of years. This ancient practice has continued unchanged and untouched until the mid 19th century when synthetic dyes were invented. In many areas, it is common practice to expose naturally dyed rugs to the sun so that the colors fade gradually and gracefully into ultimate harmony and beauty. But the synthetic dyes don’t have this peculiarity. While synthetic dyes are color-fast to light and moisture, in time the colors will fade and become dull and lifeless. Fine Turkish carpets recognized for their value and beauty, are made with natural dyes obtained from plants. Chemical dyes are also used but to the trained eye, they do not have the beauty or luster of natural dyes. The main natural dyes are known as dyes wood blue, madder red, ox-eye camomile bright yellow, walnut tree brown, pomegranate tree (yellow to brownish yellow and brown to black), buckthorn, Deep Yellow, Spurge (Sutlegen), Yellow, Bast Hemp, Brilliant Yellow, Tree-Leaved Sage Yellow, Wild Chamomile Yellow.

Cleaning & care of carpets & kilims & sumac and Cecim

Cleanliness is the first and major step towards the preservation of a hand-made carpet and it is the best way to prevent damage. There are no hard or fast rules to stipulate how often to clean a carpet since every hand-made carpet is different and every household exposes a carpet to different amounts of wear and tear. The following advice and information are basic general instructions that the average homeowner may exercise in the care and cleaning of an oriental carpet. Our recommendation is regular brushing with an old fashioned hand broom with natural bristles or the use of a vacuum. Remember that it is just as important to brush the underlay of the carpet and floor beneath. One caution, the regular use of a vacuum cleaner will eventually start to loosen the knots and pull the fibers. Also never use the revolving brush attachment on a carpet. It will pull the fibers apart. The nozzle attachment is the best and may be used once a month.

Hand cleaning at Home

Prepare a mixture of the following proportions; half a cup of carpet shampoo to four and a half cups of warm water and add one tablespoon of vinegar to prevent the color from running. Lay the carpet with the pile-up on a hard flat surface. Dip the brush in the liquid and apply it in gentle even vertical strokes. Vigorous brushing or scrubbing will not clean thoroughly and is likely to damage the carpet in its wet vulnerable state. Start in one corner, brushing up and down, with and against the pile with even overlapping movements. The amount of shampoo applied and the pressure of the brush should be as constant as possible over the entire carpet surface. Once the carpet is brushed vertically (lengthwise) then brush horizontally or from side to side across the pile, with the same gentle overlapping strokes. The pile should be thoroughly cleaned by now. Finally, brush gently in the direction of the pile as the carpet dries, so that the pile is lying in the right direction.

Drying

Preferably use a room where there is a warm air current heating system. Do not drape the carpet, it must be allowed to dry flat, and don't walk, or place anything on it until it is completely dry. The warp, weft, and pile of a completely dried carpet should feel soft and pliable. Remove the dried dirt and shampoo powder by gently brushing with a soft dry brush.

Blotting and Stain Removing

When spills occur, dilute with plenty of water. Next, blot from the edge of the spill toward the center. Avoid rubbing the area. For solid spills, take a spoon and carefully scoop up the material. It is always best to attack the spill immediately. The following information will help you eliminate most stains.

Moth Damage

Wool carpets and kilims are subject to moth damage. The dark areas of the carpet should be inspected for signs of moth damage, which will result in a weakened foundation or in the knots eventually pulling out where the nap has been eaten away. New carpet and kilims are treated with insecticides before exportations and when in a dealer's shop they are frequently moved about to avoid this problem.


Things to Avoid

Washing machines and dryers should never be used for any delicate hand-made item. With carpets, the vibration, water temperature, and harsh detergents will cause irreparable damage. It may even reduce the carpet to shreds. Dry cleaners sometimes advertise themselves as carpet cleaners. Their services may be useful for machine-made carpets, but an Oriental Hand-made masterpiece should never be subjected to the strong chemicals that these firms use. The damage may become apparent only after several months and the damage is irreparable.