The weaving traditions in this Asian part of Turkey are extremely old, dating back to 2nd and 3rd millennium BC. Anatolian rugs were first introduced to Europe by Italian merchants during the late Middle Ages. Thousands were later imported as furnishing for the rapidly expanding middle class and were simply referred to as Smyrna carpets because the Smyrna town was the main collection and distribution centre.
The rugs produced today possess none of the flaws of the ancient predecessors. they are very attractive and well made; the dyes are of excellent quality.