For those seeking a touch of bohemian allure in their home decor, vintage Turkish rugs are an inspired choice. Known for their superior craftsmanship, these antique carpets showcase designs that reflect the unique heritage of Turkey’s culture and folklore. The rugs are typically made from natural materials and can be used as focal points in a room or as a foundation that will tie together the overall aesthetic.
Vintage turkish rugs come in a variety of colors, but most feature reds and blues that give them a classic look. They are also hand-knotted which makes them more durable than other types of vintage rugs.
Historically, Turkish rugs have been prized for their superior craftsmanship and intricate patterns. They were among the first wave of Oriental rugs to arrive in Europe and their motifs, such as prayer rugs and small repeating patterns worked their way into the paintings of European artists like Memling and Lotto.
As the Turkish rug weaving industry evolved throughout the centuries, so did its weaving techniques and styles. The Timurid era brought about advances in the rug’s production, including the creation of central medallion motifs, which would go on to become one of the most iconic styles of Oriental rugs.
When it comes to finding a great Turkish rug, the most important factors are color, pattern, and durability. Emily recommends that her clients seek out a rug that is not only one-of-a-kind but that also brings character to the room. She says her three favorite in-person go-to spots are Craigslist (she recently scored a blue rug for the Fig House project on there), estate sales, and flea markets.