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Staff Pick: Royal Rugs from Game of Thrones

For those who love it, Game of Thrones is one of the most epic shows ever to grace the small screen. It may not be without its critics, but I'm sure we can all agree that it knows how to do BIG better than any TV show before it, and the drama of its settings is no exception. In honor of its ambitious detail in costume and set design, I curated 8 spectacular rugs worthy of GoT palatial surroundings. Inspired by the different settings and cultures of Westeros and beyond, each one would have its place in any castle's living, sleeping or dining quarters. All are perfect to share with the members of your noble house, or your colleagues and comrades.


 

#1 DRAGON GARDEN AND TREE OF LIFE HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN BLACK

The Children of the Forest would have loved this strong flowing rug with its central tree of life motif, bursts of color and flowers, and images of forest creatures. Maybe made as a gift to the First Men after their truce to remind them of the Old Gods of the Forest.

 

 
#2  FINE SULTANABAD VINE MOTIF HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN BLACK

Despite the rugged lifestyle of the Night's Watch, the Lord Commander at Castle Black would have needed a rug to warm his quarters and remind him of the beauty worth protecting from the threats beyond the wall. Would any rug but a black one do? Maybe inherited from nobler times when members of noble houses made their way to the North to serve the realm. Striking contrast and beauty exists in this piece.

 

 

#3 AGRA WITH ORNATE GRAND BORDER HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN RED

This beautiful finely hand-knotted rug clearly would have been commissioned by Aegon The Conqueror to match the red rocks of the Red Keep of King's Landing. The royal pallet of a deep red background is covered in grandiose flowers and a strong tiered golden-cream border. 

 

#4 ARABESQUE ENTWINED FLORETTES HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN IVORY

With a color and style different from many of the rich traditional pieces, the clearer background and sandy colors evoke the lands of Dorne around Sunspear. A relaxed look clearly belonging to the south, this soft rug would be perfect for lounging on with friends while sipping wine and enjoying the finer pleasures in life.

 

#5 BAKHTIARI GARDEN MEDALLION FINE HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN OLIVE AND BEIGE

Much like the great castle of Highgarden and its famed gardens within the tiered walls, this super-fine hand-knotted rug is a great example of how palatial gardens inspire rug designs. The detailed garden squares with their unique flowers, cornered by details crests and walled by golden ornament are subtly contained by the light colored grand border. The Tyrells would have cherished this treasure.

 

#6 KAZAK ORNAMENTAL BAKU MEDALLION HAND-KNOTTED RUG

The Dothraki are known to travel and raid towns and cities, but it is clear that this piece evokes the tribal lifestyle and aesthetic, hence a likely gift from other wandering nomads to a great Khal. Rich reds, blues and ivories create the backdrop for the tribal triple medallion, with various animal motifs scattered throughout the favored color of tribal people. Qoy qoyi!

 

 

#7 SULTANABAD BED OF FLOWERS HAND-KNOTTED RUG IN DARK BROWN

Muted, simple earthy colors but with a rich intricacy and royalty that would be fitting of any Stark's floors. Not too showy, yet still beautiful and regal, this piece will solidly hold any room together. Blends in well with the dark carved wood of Winterfell, and perfect to protect your feet against the coming winter.

 

#8 RECLAIMED VINTAGE TURKISH IN TURQUOISE 

Clearly smuggled out of Valyria in the final days of that great city. Much like Valyrian steel, this fine hand-knotted rug is an exemplary piece of vintage rug craftsmanship. An amazingly grand medallion, and beautiful coloration, this vintage piece has been re-dyed and carved to reclaim its old glory.

 

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Mehmet Bozatli
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