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Turkish Rugs & Carpets

A love of Turkish antique rugs expresses a collector’s appreciation of culture, history, and time-honored ancient traditions. The Turkish rug is an art form that reflects the story of its weaver in symbols, colors, and motifs. Wherever the Turkish rug connoisseur find an authentic Turkish carpet for sale, that piece will be a reflection of the region in which it was created.

Rug weaving in Anatolia began with arrival of Turkish tribes from Central Asia known as Seljuks. Early rugs featured floral and geometrical patterns. Later, the tradition of rug weaving continued with the Ottoman Turks. In the transitional period between these eras, animal figures began to appear in the craftsmanship of the Turkish rug. The 16th century revealed the second major period of Anatolian rug weaving, the results of which are known as “Classical Ottoman Rugs.” These pieces are also called “palace rugs,” because the designs and colors were commissioned by palace artists. Curling branches, leaves, floral motifs, and a naturalistic style characterize Classical rugs.

Over time, the art of rug weaving spread to other regions of Turkey. In the 19th and 20th centuries, rugs woven in Hereke, near the metropolitan center of Istanbul, gained worldwide fame. Originally woven only for sultans of the Ottoman Empire, these rugs are some of the finest quality in the world. Palaces around the world often display Turkish carpets. Maintaining their integrity due to fine craftsmanship and natural dyes, the carpets become even more valuable with age.


Quick Facts

  • 15th-century Turkish animal motif rugs are also called “Holbein rugs” because the only evidence we have of the now-distinct pieces appear in the paintings of German artist Hans Holbein
  • Although “Kilim” is actually a weaving technique, it is often used to refer to Anatolian rugs that incorporate tribal signatures and reflect village culture
  • An Oushak “Medallion” carpet from West Anatolia sold for $90,940 at a 2008 Sotheby’s auction

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TURKISH FLATWEAVE CARPET
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
TURKISH FLATWEAVE CARPET
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $150
$1755 Bids
Kurdish village carpet, Turkey, end of the 19th
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Kurdish village carpet, Turkey, end of the 19th
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€2804 Bids
Central Anatolian Prayer Rug, Turkey, Circa 1920, 3'7'' x 5'8''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Central Anatolian Prayer Rug, Turkey, Circa 1920, 3'7'' x 5'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
Turkish Hand Knotted Wool Area Rug Carpet Runner
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Turkish Hand Knotted Wool Area Rug Carpet Runner
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$753 Bids
Oushak Rug, Turkey, Circa 1900, 9'3'' x 12'0''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oushak Rug, Turkey, Circa 1900, 9'3'' x 12'0''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2502 Bids
Kurd Yuruk Divan Rug, Eastern Anatolia, 19th C., 3'4'' x 7'6''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Kurd Yuruk Divan Rug, Eastern Anatolia, 19th C., 3'4'' x 7'6''
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1752 Bids
Oushak Village Rug, Turkey, Mid 20th C., 2'8'' x 11'2''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Oushak Village Rug, Turkey, Mid 20th C., 2'8'' x 11'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
Vintage Tigris Bidjar Rug, Turkey, 6'1'' x 9'8''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage Tigris Bidjar Rug, Turkey, 6'1'' x 9'8''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
Antique Anatol Kilim, Turkey, around 1900, wool woven
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Antique Anatol Kilim, Turkey, around 1900, wool woven
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €500- €1,000
€801 Bid
Two Antique Turkmen Rugs
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Two Antique Turkmen Rugs
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
TEPPICH: Hereke/Türkei, Seide.
Nov 03, 2:00 PM CET
TEPPICH: Hereke/Türkei, Seide.
by Dobiaschofsky Auktionen AG
Est: CHF600- CHF1,000
CHF5001 Bid
LARGE KARASTAN ROOM RUG
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
LARGE KARASTAN ROOM RUG
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $500
$501 Bid
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TURKISH PRAYER RUG: 3’9” X 6’6” Second Half of the 20th Century
Nov 18, 9:30 AM EST
TURKISH PRAYER RUG: 3’9” X 6’6” Second Half of the 20th Century
by Eldred's
Est: $250- $450
$1251 Bid
Konya Karapinar Rug, Turkey, Late 19th C., 4'1'' x 5'1''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Konya Karapinar Rug, Turkey, Late 19th C., 4'1'' x 5'1''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Tekke Long Rug, Turkmenistan, Mid-19th C.
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Tekke Long Rug, Turkmenistan, Mid-19th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Ersari Rug, Turkmenistan, Late 19th C., 6'6'' x 13'2''
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Ersari Rug, Turkmenistan, Late 19th C., 6'6'' x 13'2''
by Material Culture
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A SMALL HEREKE SILK PRAYER RUG
Nov 10, 9:30 AM CET
A SMALL HEREKE SILK PRAYER RUG
by Nagel Auction
Est: €500- €800
€5001 Bid
17th C. Ottoman Silk Velvet & Metal Thread Woven Catma, Bursa
Nov 15, 10:00 AM EST
17th C. Ottoman Silk Velvet & Metal Thread Woven Catma, Bursa
by Material Culture
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
Velluto di lana su base di cotone
Nov 07, 11:00 AM CET
Velluto di lana su base di cotone
by Pierre Bergé & Associés
Est: €300- €500
€3001 Bid
Shirvan-Style Rug
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Shirvan-Style Rug
by Nye & Company
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Fine silk Hereke Özipek old signed, Turkey, around 1950
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Fine silk Hereke Özipek old signed, Turkey, around 1950
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,4000 Bids
Fine signed silk Hereke, Turkey, around 1950, pure natural
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Fine signed silk Hereke, Turkey, around 1950, pure natural
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€1,0000 Bids
Fine signed silk Hereke old, Turkey, around 1930/1940
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Fine signed silk Hereke old, Turkey, around 1930/1940
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €800- €2,000
€800 Bids
Very fine silk Hereke (20 x 20), signed Özipek)
Nov 06, 2:00 PM CET
Very fine silk Hereke (20 x 20), signed Özipek)
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €1,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids

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