Turkish Rugs - A Comprehensive Antique Rug Collection
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In many ways, the famous Turkish rugs produced in the historic region of Anatolia were the rugs that started it all. They were among the first wave of antique Oriental carpets to be exported into Europe. There they were prized commodities and artistically influential pieces. The iconic guls, allover patterns, prayer niches and small repeating patterns found on these carpets worked their way into the iconic paintings of the European masters, including Memling, Lotto, Bellini, Holbein and many others. These painters were inspired so much by Turkish carpets and the motifs they feature that these artists have lent their names to some of these famous Turkish patterns.
The style of antique Turkish rugs varies widely. Bergama produces tribal-influenced Turkoman pieces, Hereke produces elegant curvilinear patterns worthy of Ottoman palaces, and Oushak produces fine room-sized carpets that are revered for their soft pastel-coloration. There are elegant prayer rugs, exquisite kilims and magnificent palace-sized carpets. The Romanian master weaver Theodor Tuduc also produced exceptional carpets based on existing styles from the Caucasus, Turkey and Persia. Antique Turkish rugs are elegant and beautifully varied. There is certainly a carpet or several suitable styles for anyone interested in these unique pieces.
Antique Turkish Rugs are part of the most venerable and distinguished carpet weaving traditions in the Middle East. It was largely the Turks / Turkish people and related groups from Central Asia who introduced the knotted pile carpet to the Islamic world. The largest and oldest body of early Oriental rugs comes from Turkey, the so-called geometric or Seljuk carpets of the thirteenth century preserved in the mosques of Konya and other towns in Central Anatolia. While most antique Persian rugs are fine and intricate, antique Turkish rugs and Turkish carpets are extremely desirable by interior decorators because many of them feature large scale all-over designs and lighter coloration. The early Turkish rugs are also some of the most collectible rugs in today's market due to their more primitive designs.
Turkey has one of the most venerable and distinguished carpet weaving traditions in the Middle East. It was largely the Turks and related peoples from Central Asia who introduced the knotted pile carpet to the Islamic world. The largest and oldest body of early Oriental Rugs comes from Turkey, the so-called geometric or Seljuk carpets of the thirteenth century preserved in the mosques of Konya and other towns in Central Anatolia. These are probably the carpets remarked upon by Marco Polo in his travels. The early Turkish animal carpets are a century or so later. During the Ottoman period in the later fifteenth century Turkish court production began to emulate the carpets of the Timurids and early Safavids in Iran, creating the Cairene type and the so called Star- and Medallion Ushak / Oushak carpets which continued to be made up though the seventeenth century. Within the same general period a rich tradition of local village rug weaving also developed all across Turkey. This process gave birth to the various types that are known almost down to the present time - Bergama, Konya, Ghiordes, etc. In the late nineteenth and earlier twentieth centuries Turkish production stepped up to commpete for the western market with Persian rugs at centers like Sivas, Oushak, Hereke, and Sparda. Although kilims or plain tapestry weavings were produced in most regions of the Near East, Turkey is probably most well known and celebrated for antique flatweave carpets of this kind.