Wide stretches of land, sheep, goats and tents: For centuries, the lives of the Anatolian Nomads have depended on the seasons. On the yaylas (the summer pastures) located in the cooler highlands, bread and cheese are made in the open air over a period of weeks, according to the routines of the herd. The Homes are called "yurts " and are traditionally made out of materials such as felt or goat hair. Until very recently, caravans of donkeys and camels completed the picture, carrying entire villages from winter pastures to summer ones.

The Anatolian Nomads are not made up of one specific ethnicity. Throughout history, the various Turkic peoples have lived on lands that have been the scene of innumerable conquests and political changes. Even today, there are distinguishable differences between the Yürük, Türkmen and Kurdish nomadic tribes.

The weaving and knotting of their everyday textiles belong to a long tradition whose craft has been passed down for generations. Symbols indicating the origins of the tribe can be found on many pillows, bags, wall and door hangings, carpets, camel covers, and transportation and storage sacks. These symbols in their various combinations reflect familial pride and identity. The Kilim is an enduring testament to a gradually disappearing nomadic culture.
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