Whether you’re transforming a rustic mudroom, tying together a dining room or accenting a master bedroom, vintage turkish rugs are a designer go-to. Exquisite oxidized hues, posh pastels and whimsical botanical designs make them a popular choice for designers seeking to achieve an elegantly pulled together look. And, since kilim rugs Charlotte NC are often flat weaves that closely resemble tapestries, they can be hung on the wall as a stunning decorative piece.
The best Turkish tribal weavings from the 19th century typically incorporate asymmetry, dramatic use of natural dyes and elemental open designs. Ladik carpets offer a spectacular range of lighter and mid-tone greens (often created with cochineal dye from Kerkes beetles imported from the West Indies) while bergama’s are known for their dramatic, multi-medallion compositions and blossoming “tree of life” or lantern motifs.
By the middle of the nineteenth century, a major Oriental revival had captured the western markets, resulting in an increased demand for Turkic tribal weavings. These rugs often feature traditional motifs and are usually geometric in nature with a range of hexagons, squares and rhomboids embellished with stars, flowers or Kufic-like ornaments.
Authentic Turkish rugs are not only considered decorative but have a significant cultural and historical significance as well. They were the first rugs to be introduced to Europe and are noted for their intricately stylized arabesques, monumental botanical designs and elaborate floral motifs that embody Turkish traditions and folklore.