Rug of the Month
Rug weaving has been an integral part of the Turkish culture for centuries. The pile carpet can be traced to Turkish settlements as far back as the 11th century. Throughout the centuries Turkey has shaped an industry of rug weaving unique to it's area, but largely diverse. Turkish weavers proudly claim the art of the Turkish Hereke, some of the finest weaving anywhere, and the Oushaks, a truly unique and beautiful carpet that is revered in the rug industry. The rug of the month for February features another kind of Turkish carpet, often referred to as an Anatolian Rug in Europe and the Americas. The Anatolian region was settled originally by nomadic tribes moving west from Central Asia. These tribes brought with them many different cultural backgrounds and traditions. Those differences were often depicted in the weaving of Anatolian rugs. These rugs, so rich in symbolism, make the Turkish village weaving so fascinating. Weaving was typically done by women in the villages and the rugs they wove would often indicate what stage of life they were in...whether she was looking for a husband, newly married, a young mother or finding a husband for her own children, the symbols woven into the rug were meant to be "read" by other villagers. The study of these rugs is fascinating. Many villagers in Turkey today continue to weave in this tradition. The rugs shown here are some examples and are available in our showroom. These rugs are rich in color and design and are truly unique and one of a kind! Unlike many Indian rugs today, these rugs are not production pieces, in other words, each design is individualistic and not copied on any other rug. These rugs are wool on cotton, and whether antique, semi-antique or just made to look that way they are full of character and charm and can be a focal piece in any room!