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.

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154 Rugs Found in Turkish Rugs

Antique Milas Turkish Rug #44444

Style: Milas Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 1 ft 8 in x 2 ft
          (0.51 m x 0.61 m)
This Milas rug features a combination of ancient tribal symbols woven in a classic color palette.

Antique Ottoman Embroidery 40548

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 1 ft 2 in x 2 ft 5 in
          (0.36 m x 0.74 m)
Featuring a rich olive-green background and all-over pattern worked with metallic filaments, this stately embroidered rug would have certainly met with the approval of the Ottoman court.

Antique Ottoman Embroidery 41494

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 2 in x 2 ft 6 in
          (0.66 m x 0.76 m)
This lush antique Ottoman Embroidery from Turkey has a complex, closely arrayed design of flowerheads.

Antique Oushak Turkish Rugs 43297

Style: Oushak Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 2 ft 8 in
          (0.61 m x 0.81 m)
Woven with vibrant colors in a diverse palette, this traditional tribal carpet features a number of important protection symbols.

Antique Turkish Yastic Rug 45500

Style: Yastic Rug
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 2 in x 3 ft
          (0.66 m x 0.91 m)
Decorative protection symbols and ancient Anatolian motifs adorn this splendid antique Turkish Yastic rug, which has a regal appearance and strongly colored visage.

Modern Turkish Rug 46070

Style: New Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft x 3 ft
          (0.61 m x 0.91 m)

Sale:

  • $200.00
Sublimely detailed, this modern underwater rug features an elaborate seahorse motif surrounded by flourishing sea grass fronds set over an ebony-colored field.

Modern Turkish Rug 46067

Style: New Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 3 ft
          (0.63 m x 0.91 m)

Sale:

  • $200.00
Perfect for today's natural history fascination, this modern underwater rug depicts an elegant polychromatic seahorse surrounded by graceful fronds of sea grass.

Modern Turkish Rug 46068

Style: New Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 1 in x 3 ft 1 in
          (0.63 m x 0.94 m)

Sale:

  • $200.00
Rendered in a soft range of marine colors, this chic Turkish underwater rug depicts a majestic seahorse embellished with articulated plates and anatomical details.

Antique Yastik Turkish Rug 2654

Style: Yastic Rug
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 1 ft 8 in x 3 ft 2 in
          (0.51 m x 0.97 m)

Sale:

  • $1,250.00
The field of this charming Turkish Yastik or pile pillow cover consists of parallel border stripes.

Antique Turkish Rug 2794

Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 2 ft 9 in x 3 ft 10 in
          (0.84 m x 1.17 m)

Sale:

  • $1,850.00
A striking contrast of burnt sienna and magenta plays with

Antique Ottoman Embroidery Turkish Rug 41487

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 7 in x 4 ft
          (1.09 m x 1.22 m)
A dynamic design ofleafy vinesin circular array unfolds across this antique Ottomanembroidery fromTurkey.

Modern Turkish Rug 46074

Style: New Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 4 ft x 4 ft 1 in
          (1.22 m x 1.24 m)

Sale:

  • $400.00
This modern underwater rug features a series of stylized starfish and beautifully decorated seahorses set over a black field that provides excellent relief.

Antique Ottoman Embroidery Turkish Rug 41488

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 11 in x 4 ft 2 in
          (1.19 m x 1.27 m)
This lavish antique Ottoman embroidery from Turkey has a dynamic design of swaying flowers in brilliant silk.

Antique Turkish Rug 43932

Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 2 in x 4 ft 3 in
          (0.97 m x 1.3 m)

Sale:

  • $5,750.00
Woven in an angular, geometric style, this directional prayer rug features many tribal motifs and amulets along with a bold red, white, and indigo blue color scheme.

Antique Ottoman Embroidery Rug 8053

Style: Ottoman Embroidery Textiles
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 3 in x 4 ft 4 in
          (0.99 m x 1.32 m)
Exemplifying the Ottoman's tastes, this dazzling embroidered rug features extensive goldwork and contemporary flowers that would appeal to Matisse and modernist designers.

Bergama Antique Rug 44443

Style: Bergama Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft x 4 ft 6 in
          (0.91 m x 1.37 m)
A classical Turkish medallion design graces the field of this rare and unusual early Turkish rug.

Antique Silk Kayseri Turkish Rug 43807

Style: Kayseri Rug
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 4 ft 5 in x 4 ft 8 in
          (1.35 m x 1.42 m)

Sale:

  • $6,900.00
This innovative antique Persian Kevsari hunting rug features a stately circular composition embellished with intricate details and subtle cultural accents.

Antique Giordes Turkish Rug 40843

Style: Ghiordes Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 4 in x 5 ft
          (1.02 m x 1.52 m)
This lovely antique Oriental Ghiordes carpet from Turkey has an elegant medallion design with cornerpieces surrounding delicate viney floral sprays.

Antique Oushak Rug 45635

Style: Oushak Rugs
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 5 ft x 5 ft 2 in
          (1.52 m x 1.57 m)
Glorious floral motifs and symbolic figures create a dense botanical pattern as they traverse the vibrant background of this antique Turkish rug from Oushak.

Antique Sivas Turkish Rug 41885

Style: Sivas Rug
Origin: Turkish Rugs
Size: 3 ft 1 in x 5 ft 3 in
          (0.94 m x 1.6 m)
A classic arabesque medallion pattern surrounded by a lush tangle of vines and flowers unfolds with consummate grace across the field of this stately little antique Sivas from Turkey.

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