Antique Hereke Rug, Turkey, 1900 — Extraordinary artistry, intricate detail, and soft, rich pastels define this magnificent Turkish carpet. Produced in the balmy coastal city of Hereke, this beautiful piece displays the rich softness and exquisite artistry unique to the textiles of Hereke. Florals dominate the richly colored designs of this stunning work. The carpet begins with a pale sandy border patterned with exquisitely rendered floral motifs. These vivid symbols surround a soft pink background patterned with exquisite blossoms, the delicacy of which is emphasized by soft flourishes of green and blue. This frames a beautifully contrasting midnight border patterned with exquisitely detailed, vividly rendered motifs of the lotus and the lily. A mirrored pink color frame follows, framing the warm, exquisite heart of this stunning work of art. Intricacy defines the tightly woven flower vines, themselves forming soft, curved designs of astonishing delicate beauty. Bright blossoms and vivid green provide a warm and richly bright contrast against the earthy pink of the base. Stunning, intricate, and breathtakingly lovely, this exquisite antique carpet is a truly singular work of art.