Cemetery rugs are traditionally woven by all members of the family. In the home of the deceased, his body is with a cemetery rug, called Mazarlik in Turkish. In areas that wood is a rare commodity, and coffins are difficult to be made, the corps is carried to the grave on a carpet of this type. These rugs are generally handled down from generation to generation, but a small number is sold.
Each Cemetery Rug contains three symbolic motifs often repeated several times:
- The prayer-niche signifying piety.
- The willow as a sign of mourning
- Cypress tree symbolizing immortality.