Hereke Rug, Turkey, Circa 1900 – Hereke carpets from western Turkey are famed for their luxurious, finely worked adaptations of classical Persian designs, often in silk like this stunning example. Here we see a decorative image of paradise rendered as a centralized pattern of wispy vines. The use of palmettes is sparing, allowing space for the lovely menagerie of animals and birds. Drooping palm trees in all four corners suggest that this is as much a landscape as an ornamental design. The rich red border provides a nice framing contrast for the cool softness prevailing in the field.