Neutral Antique Turkish Ghiordes Prayer Rug, Country of Origin: Turkey, Circa Date: Early 20th Century– Though the Turkish city of Ghiordes is traditionally known for producing fine prayer rugs, the exquisite room-sized rugs produced in the region have played no small part in the long-standing tradition of Ghiordes rugmaking. This piece is truly one of a kind – it combines classic Turkish geometric patterns with the more florid, curvilinear designs typical of other Persian rugs. The central medallion is exchanged in favor of a large, asymmetrical design that is echoed in the extraordinary border pattern. The muted browns and creams of the color palette draw attention to the exquisite details in the design itself – distinctly architectural motifs such as columns, prayer niches, and trifoil arches. These features echo those found in the traditional prayer rugs for which Ghiordes is famous.