The more contemporary styles of the Anatolian rugs come from the Seljuk people. The Seljuk people were a nomadic people who lived in Central Asia, and they conquered their homeland in the middle of the 13th century.
Before the Seljuk influence, Anatolian rugs were heavily influenced by Turkish traditions. When Italian merchants first started to bring these carpets to Europe, they weren’t as popular as the intricate Persian Oriental Rugs on the market. However, shortly after their introduction into the market, they became very popular.
These rugs then started to heavily influence Western Culture, and the rapidly expanding middle class caused a significant spike in consumer demand as they purchased the carpets to furnish their homes in the mid 15th and 16th century.
After World War I, the production and quality of Anatolian rugs fell drastically as nearly 2 million Greeks and 6 million Armenians were forced out of their homes or persecuted. Today, the Anatolian rugs produced have achieved the same quality as their original predecessors.
The government of the Anatolian rug production area has worked on setting standards to improve the quality of the rug by introducing natural dyes and going back to traditional weaving methods. In the 1970s this movement took off, and the rugs earned a new name: Dobag rugs.
Today, Dobag rugs are relatively inexpensive, but they have a very high quality level. These carpets can be as nice as full silk or as simple as cotton thread. Although the high-quality silk rugs may be slightly more expensive than simpler rugs, they are considered a sound investment for rug purchasers.
The only downside to these types of rugs is that the resale potential is fairly difficult to determine. However, these carpets are incredibly durable and last much longer than other furnishing or decorative rugs.
If you are in the market for a Dobag rug, make sure to do your research on the style and location that the rug was produced.