Oriental Rugs Dictionary

Kum Kapou

Kum Kapou works are one of the finest Turkish works available. These rugs were woven by Armenians, who have moved from Kayseri at the end of 19 Century, in Istanbul and the quality was a direct competition with the finest Hereke rugs.

Kum Kapou (literally Sand Gate) was the name of the Armenian quarter of Istanbul at the end of the 19th century. In the rug workshops which lined the narrow streets, young women used pure silk and precious metal thread to hand weave rugs of the finest quality, under the supervision of master weavers.

Some of these works were attributed to Safavid by Error because of the use of metallic threads and the weaving techniques.