Hereke, circa 1950
10'5" x 7'10"
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This unique turkish medallion carpet is a rare find. It derives its name from the small town of Hereke located at the eastern end of the Sea of Marmara, approximately 65 km east of Istanbul. The piece is inspired by the Sultan Ahmed Mosque also commonly referred to as the Blue Mosque in the West. The mosque still stands today in Istanbul, Turkey and is a popular tourist site. Men still kneel in prayer on the mosque's lush red and orange floral print carpet after the call to prayer.
The rugs of Hereke are tightly woven and their quality is excellent. This piece feautures a curvilinear design with numerous arabesques, cloudbands, vines and tendrils filling the field of its medallion and borders. The weavers of this Hereke rug have used a variety of designs, many of which have been adopted from Turkish and Persian weaving centers.
Older carpets (antique or vintage) are rugs that date back to the last 100 years. Rugs that are 50 to 99 years of age are referred to as semi-antiques.
They are typically crafted with hand-spun wool and eco-friendly organic dyes, which have a luminous surface, providing an illusion of depth. They have a wonderful patina and character which cannot be usually captured in a newer piece. Each antique carpet is different, as they are found in every type of home and add warmth to pristine and minimalist spaces.
Oriental & Persian carpet designs began to change at the turn of the 20th century, as Western influence expanded across the Middle East. At the time, the native cultural designs began to lose their authenticity because their ability to maintain traditional designs diminished. As the Industrial Revolution came about, preserving traditional master craft techniques became more of a challenge.
- Antique rugs are made of natural fibers such as, wool, cotton and silk. New rugs are made from a variety of fibers including synthetic and natural fibers such as, mercerized cotton, faux silk often called "Art Silk", silk blends and artificial fibers such as, olefin.
- If the rug has signs of wear but still appears to be vibrant, this is an indication of a genuine antique carpet.
- For insurance purposes, you should always obtain a Certificate of Authenticity from the dealer, which should include the size, origin, age, style, materials, knot density, condition and estimated retail value.
- An authentic Oriental rug will not have a brand name associated with it and it will not be hand-tufted.