In the past 24 hours two people have queried RK about this supposed "Karaman" saf:
supposed "Karaman" saf, at least according to the seller, richard purdon
First off, while RK can not definitively ascribe this ghastly, late, derivative weaving to any particular location in Anatolia we can assuredly state is not Karaman.
We would guess it farther west and north, somewhere in the environs of Kutahya to Eskisehir.
But regardless of where it was made, or its date which purdon states is circa 1800, it is a revoltingly ugly and unimportant example.
RK has written extensively about saf Kelim and we suggest mr purdon bone up on what is reality and forget about his fantasies.
By the way, both of the people who queried RK have, according to what they have told RK, read what we wrote and, if that really is the case, we can not fathom why they would even bother to ask our opinion.
Granted knowing about historic weaving, be it Anatolian or from anywhere else, is difficult but considering RK laid out the road map we can not possible understand their getting lost enough to need help, especially with a mediocre example like purdon's.
Let RK add one rejoinder: What appears in this post, as well as all others we author, is absolutely our honest opinion, and while we believe we know best many believe we don't.
No problem, go buy purdon's Karaman and enjoy it...we'd surely rather go have a root canal without anesthetic then sit and have to look at that abortion of a saf purdon is hawking.
Period, end of discussion