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ORIENTAL RUGS DICTIONARY

Melas

 

The town of Melas lies on the southwest Anatolian coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Most rugs made in this region were prayer rugs with a very distinguished color pallet that contains an unusual amount of yellows. Other characteristic motif in Melas rugs is the unique shape of the Mihrab which repeats in most of these rugs.