Vintage turkish rugs are the perfect addition to any space. In addition to adding class and elegance, these carpets are temperature controllers, natural humidifiers and comfort providers. They are also an excellent investment that gets more valuable as the years and decades pass, similar to fine wine. The beauty of a vintage rug is that it tells a story about the culture, heritage and history that it belongs to. The design, color and texture of a rug are all part of the story and make it unique to its owner.
Among the most sought after works of art by rug and art collectors, antique Turkish carpets are treasured for their remarkable patterns and sumptuous colors. Historically, the rug makers of Anatolia (the cradle of modern day Turkey) have played an indispensable role in introducing Oriental carpets to Europe. From lustrous pastels to beautifully stylized arabesques and monumental botanical designs, the rug makers of this vast empire have produced a tremendous variety of elaborate wool rugs that appeal to today’s interior designers.
Like their Persian cousins, Turkish rugs are created from natural materials such as a wool and silk blend and dyed with natural abrash gradations and enviable color palettes. The most famous rugs from the region are characterized by symmetrical designs embellished with geometric motifs and floral and vegetal elements. They are typically framed with borders that contain a wide variety of Kufic-like ornaments or hexagons and squares arranged in diagonal rows.
As the cradle of ancient civilizations, Turkey has always been at the crossroads between the East and the West. Throughout the centuries, it has absorbed many influences from its neighbors and adopted new styles and techniques. From primitive kilims to intricately hand-knotted pieces, the Turks have continued to refine their craft and evolve with time. Today, the country continues to produce rugs of exceptional quality that are revered worldwide.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the West was caught up in a great Oriental revival and antique Turkish rugs came into their own. The rugged tribal weavings of eastern Anatolia (the cradle that is now modern day Turkey) provided a welcome contrast to the elaborately detailed Safavid Persian carpets that were in vogue at that time. From simple, repurposed prayer rugs to intricately realized medallions, the artisanal weaving traditions of Turkey offer a variety of decorative options for contemporary decorators.
At Chairish, we have a wide selection of vintage Turkish rugs for sale in an array of sizes and prices. To find the one that is right for you, start by using our search filters on the left-hand side of the page. We recommend filtering by “Vintage”, then selecting a price range that is appropriate for your budget. When you are ready to shop, add your favorite rugs to your cart and we will ship them to you for free! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone or email. We look forward to helping you decorate your home with the timeless beauty of a Turkish rug!