Ketebe is plural of the Arabic word "Katib". Katib was a name given to a private secretary.

In the carpet terminology, ketebe is a name given to a medallion of cylindrical or elongated form, which reminds the form of the "gyol". Ketebe differs from gyols by their position in the composition of the rug. They are usually placed at the top of elongated gyols, that is they are between the gyols  and gubba.

If the borders, a center border in particular, are formed with Ketebe ornament, in this case they are called as Ketebeli. If a large area of a carpet is decorated by different Ketebe, in this case they are called Ketebe-bendlik.

Schematic image of ketebe-bendlik samples

 The names of the master, painter or customer were occasionally written on ketebe.