Spode's Caramanian series was first produced c. 1809. The original views which Spode used for its engravings for this series were taken from Volume Two of a three-part work titled Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman Empire published in 1803. Volume Two contained 24 large aquatints from which Spode selected views for the patterns in this series. The border figures for the Caramanian series come from illustrations by Samuel Howitt in Oriental Field Sports, published in 1807. That book was the source for the border and central scenes of Spode's Indian Sporting series, which was also used by other makers.
The Caramanian patterns are not named on the pieces themselves; the names are derived from their source prints. Caramania refers to the ancient name for an area on the southern coast of Turkey now known as the "turquoise coast".