ŞAMARİ Turkish Kilim
Beautiful hand woven Turkish Kilim by a young woman name Ayşe Ahi who attends the HADD workshop. Named "clean, clear and purified" in English, this rug will add boho flair to any room.
Size: 52 in X 37 in
The Hisar Anatolian Support Society (HADD) works with 130 women aged between 16 and 24 from low-income large nomadic families who were forced to migrate to the city of Van in Eastern Turkey. The Association consists of five ateliers (workshops) under the supervision and training of Mr. Enver Özkahraman, a master of Kilim weaving and natural yarn dyes.
Armed conflicts during the 90s forced the women’s communities to abandon their nomadic tradition in the mountains and settle in the outskirts of the Van city. These refugee communities continue to suffer from high unemployment and, unfortunately, this situation is much worse for the women as illiteracy rates are extremely high.
Many of the weavers who attend the kilim workshops are the sole breadwinners for their families. They learn the traditional art of dying wool and kilim weaving as well as literacy, math, computer and IT education.
The high-end rugs bring in valuable income for their families, while preserving the ancient Turkish arts. Most importantly, these workshops provide a safe haven for the women to meet freely outside of their homes, build friendships, pursue education and escape from child marriage.