Dinçarslan Kilim was established in Malatya where it is located in the east of Turkey 35 years ago. We started from scratch in this business quarter a century ago we now arguably have one of the largest selection of handmade kilims in Turkey.
Though we mainly focused on kilim business we have also excellent over five thousand pieces of handmade kilims, carpets, cecims and sumacs in our store, five hundred of which appear in our web site. The staffs working for us often travel to the 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 to buy them. We have not only had good business relations with our customers since 1979 but also appreciated humane relations stemming from mutually satisfaction based on trust and the quality of the goods. We mainly do business as a wholesaler but do it as a retailer, too
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
Dinçarslan Kilim is hugely different from its counterparts in its repairing and restoring service. Our well-experienced staffs repair and restore the ripped, torn or too old to use pieces without damaging their original pattern. They do it with great care and effort performing their skills.
We do also offer our customers washing and cleaning service.
Easy to Arrive
We’d be so happy to see you in our store and the City. Even though it seems that Malatya is very far to the big towns of Turkey it is very easy to come. From Istanbul and Ankara there are regular flights to Malatya taking one or one and half hour. There are bus and train services, too. We are willing to transfer our customers from the airport, the bus and the train station to your hotel. Please feel free to contact us to be transferred before your arrival
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 coloured 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. The Turks have produced the largest kilims, usually in two narrow pieces joined, as well as small ones and a multitude of prayer kilims. As a prayer rug, which is carried with the worshiper, the light and extremely flexible kilim offers obvious advantages. In Turkish kilims, cotton is often used for the white areas, and small details may be brocaded.
Our Huge Selection
The Dinçarslan Kilim has one of the hugest selection in Turkey as we are allegedly shown among the first five big stores. Our staffs often travel to the nearby villages and other countries to find the excellent pieces of kilims. In our web site you can see some examples of these gorgeous kilims. But please keep in mind that we have more kilims than shown in our web site. Feel free to contact with us to have a piece if you seek for any special piece, which does not appear in the site.
About Carpet :
Carpets have traditionally been produced throughout Turkey, Persia and the Central Asian regions of Turkestan and the Caucasus. The designs, colours, and overall quality of the carpets can be very different. Likewise, there are clear differences of function, design and quality between tribal, village and production centre 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, 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 limited 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, wall hangings.. The use of bold colour contrast and warm primary colours 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.
Our Antique Carpets
Dinçarslan Kilim has a large collection of carpets, which are brought from the villages. Our experienced staffs travel to those places to find the best pieces for you. Visiting our web site you can see some examples of the original antique carpets.
Sumak technique, like used to make a kilim, produces patterned weaving with a flat surface of discontinuous horizontal threads known as weft. The variously coloured weft threads are wrapped around the warp threads, the primary structural component. In kilims, they are passed over and under adjacent warps. But unlike kilim weaving there are no slits at each other join and there is a supplementary weft which, along with the pattern weft, provides the second component necessary to create a structurally sound woven object. These structural wefts are invisible from both the front and back of a sumak weaving and can only be seen bending the weaving in the horizontal direction. Because of the necessity for a structural weft after each row of the weft wrappings, sumak weaving, like that of pile carpets, proceeds a row at a time, again differing from kilim where colour areas can be built independently from each other.
We have a large selection of antique sumaks as well as new ones. You can have the excellent and popular types of silk and Şahseven sumaks just by contacting with us.
About Cecim :
Some may think that cecim is a kilim. Though it is very similar to kilim in the way of its weaving technique, cecim (or cicim) is slightly different from kilim. In the beginning a single coloured kilim is woven. Then this kilim is embroidered in different designs and turned into a cecim. Cecims are used as a fine bedding and cover.
We have a large collection of cecim brought from the cecim weaving villages. You can see some examples of cecims in different sizes in our web site.
The use of vegetables, bark, roots and other natural items to make dyes has been a well known art for many thousands of years. This ancient practice continued unchanged and untouched until the mid 19th century when synthetic dyes were invented. In many areas it is common practise to expose naturally dyed rugs to the sun so that the colours fade gradually and gracefully to the year ultimate harmony and beauty. But the synthetic dyes don’t have this peculiarity. If the dye used is of the chromatic type, the colours are fast to light, as well as moisture, which, in itself, can be considered as an advantage. But if the synthetic dye used is of a lower quality, with time the colours will fade and the various shades will probably be dull and lifeless. We can see with our naked eyes all the differences in dyes, understand the advantages, and disadvantages of each type, and easily discern which ones are more harmonies and eye pleasing. Fine Turkish carpets recognised for their value and beauty are made with natural dyes obtained from plants, berries and trees. Chemical dyes are also used but to the trained eye they do not have the beauty or lustre 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, Supurge (Sutlegen), Yellow, Bast Hemp, Brilliant Yellow, Tree-Leaved Sage Yellow, Wild Camomile 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 care of to damage. There are no hard or fast rules to stipulate when and how often to clean a carpet since every had-made carpet is different and every household exposes a carpet to different amounts of wear and dirt. The following advice and information are basic general instructions that the average home owner may exercise in the care and cleaning of an oriented carpet. The best recommendation is regular brushing with an old fashioned hand broom with natural bristles or the use of an electric carpet sweeper. 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 fibres out of the pile; also never use the revolving brush attachment on a carpet for it will actually pull the fibres 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 colour 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.
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 brushing.
Blotting and Stain Removing
When spills occur, dilute with plenty of water. Next, blot from the edge of the spill toward the centre. 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.
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 spin dryers should never be used for any delicate hand-made item. With carpets the vibration, water temperature and harsh detergents will cause irreparable damage; possible colour-run from the hot water and the detergents and a cement-like wool once dry. It may even reduce the carpet to shreds. Again 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.