Sivas Rugs

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Sivas rugs are appreciated as some of the most well-made and decorative of room-sized Turkish rugs. Often finely woven, Sivas carpets tend to be made within a classically-derived Persian idiom of medallion and allover designs utilizing palmettes and vine-scrolls. Some Sivas rugs recreate the grandeur of early classical carpets. But their palette is generally soft, with emphasis on ivory ground tones and pastel coloration in the details. Consequently, Sivas rugs are superior decorative rugs for interiors that require a formal and elegant touch.

Created for commercial exporters, antique Turkish rugs from Sivas are largely copies of traditional Persian designs. Unlike most Oriental rugs produced in the historic region of Anatolia, few carpets from Sivas reveal their Turkish heritage. Due to the strategic position of the village and the province of Sivas, prominent export firms from Great Britain, Italy and European countries established outlets in the area. These merchants hired small home-based workshops to create carpets based on traditional Persian designs. The result is elegant curvilinear Oriental rugs that remain universally appealing today. A diverse variety of Turko-Persian patterns are featured in antique Sivas carpets. Elegant small-scale repeating patterns, exuberant arabesques and medallions set over monochromatic fields are just a few of the traditional Persian designs that are re-imagined in Sivas carpets.

Antique Sivas rugs were created to appeal to Western consumers, and this is a goal that they accomplished very well. Originally, early Sivas rugs were typically smaller area rugs, but as the industry evolved, oversized carpets were also created. Some of the oldest rugs feature traditional Turkish motifs and rectilinear patterns that are chock full of symbols, but these are among the rarest regional designs. Local weavers put their own traditions aside and used Persian designs to secure a reliable livelihood. The antique Turko-Persian rugs created in Sivas are exceptionally attractive. They feature soft, elegant colors and classical Persian motifs that will always have a high level of decorative appeal.

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