A Beautifully Artistic Tribal Animal Pattern Classic Garden Design Antique Turkish Tuduc Rug, Country Of Origin: Turkish Rug, Circa Date: Early 20th Century – The magnificent patchwork design of this Turkish Tuduc rug is a fascinating piece for its unique design and also for the unique story behind it. It was created in the early twentieth century and has a distinctive Arts and Crafts feel. The whimsical flowers give it a folk art feel. The gated patterns make it look like patchwork quilts that were produced during this time.
One of the features of this rug that stands out at first glance is that it strays from the typically Turkish design format. It has some of the elements of a Turkish rug, and many of the motifs are similar to what you might expect. It is the arrangement of these elements that is a bit surprising, and there is a reason for this.
Tuduc rugs, as they have become known, were created by famed rug forger and carpet master Teodor Tuduc (1888-1983) of Romania. His list of fakes included Holbein rugs, Lotto rugs, Transylvanian rugs, and in this case, Turkish rugs. His fakes were so well executed that they often fooled many museums, private collectors, and auction houses.
Tuduc rugs were excellent forgeries that were able to fool institutions like the Victorian & Albert Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are met with mixed views. On one hand, Tuduc’s rugs are fakes and he is an imposter. Despite this, they have become a collectible on their own and an important part of rug history. Many collectors have fallen in love with Tuduc rugs and welcome them into their galleries and collections, with proper attention to the educational aspect these rugs present.
Tuduc rugs have been the topic of great interest, and they have an artistic beauty that is undeniable, but it is the story behind them that makes them a fascinating find. This rug combines beautiful, earthy colors and a fascinating design. It is a delightful piece and will be sure to be the topic of many fascinating conversations.