A vivid turquoise invigorates a classic medallion in this vintage hand-knotted Turkish rug. Curvilinear details are accentuated by carved piled heights that add incredible texture to a hand-made masterpiece.
History of This Design: We often extol the long lifespans of hand-made rugs, and our Reclaimed collection is a perfect example of what’s possible. These vintage Turkish hand-knotted rugs were not discarded when their colors were no longer fashionable; they were re-dyed in modern colors and hand-carved to add a tactile 3D effect to classic Turkish motifs. A true cradle-to-cradle product lifecycle.
This rug was made in Turkey
Turkey (also known as Anatolia) has been one of the leading regions in rug design since the beginning of the trade. It has enjoyed a long and rich history in both hand-knotted and hand-woven rugs (often called kilims), and has incorporated many influences into its colors, patterns and designs. Often cited as the gateway between the East and the West, the busy trade routes such as the Silk Road running through Turkey brought inspiration from all corners, creating a wide range of styles and tastes found in Turkish rugs. Whether they are the fine Hereke rugs produced for the Ottoman palaces or the brightly-colored kilims woven in villages and nomadic tribes, these hand-made pieces are quality, unique rugs.
100% Wool Pile on Cotton Foundation.
Hand-Knotted: When people think of “Oriental Rugs,” they’re usually thinking of hand-knotted rugs. But it’s not the design that defines their quality; it’s the way they are made. Each of these rugs is made up of millions of individual knots tied by hand by a weaver. This production method is rigorous and long: depending on the rug’s size and the complexity of design, these rugs take between nine months to over a year to produce and require the participation of many expert craftsman. Herdsmen, yarn-makers, dyers, designers, weavers, washers, and sculptors (hand-knotted rugs have to be shaved down to achieve their consistent plush feel) are all involved in making these unique and long-lasting pieces. The method used to produce these rugs follows the same tradition it has for centuries.
One might wonder, why not adopt new and faster techniques? There are alternative construction methods for plush rugs, but none that can hold a candle to the beauty, uniqueness and durability of rugs made in the hand-knotted technique. These are the rugs that last for centuries and can withstand the chaos of an active life; these can be cleaned, repaired, dyed and even partially re-knotted to insure a long life.
Vacuum regularly: New wool rugs may shed yarn fibers. Avoid continuous exposure to sunlight; if they must sit in direct sun, rotate the rug to prevent local fading. If individual knots become loose, it's normal, but don't pull them, clip them with scissors. Blot (don't rub) liquid spills immediately with a clean cloth, using mild soap and water if necessary. For harder stains, we recommend a professional rug cleaning.