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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 OUSHAK ROOM RUG
Apr 20, 10:00 AM CDT
TURKISH OUSHAK ROOM RUG
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $800- $1,600
$9507 Bids
TURKOMAN BAGFACE
Apr 21, 11:00 AM EDT
TURKOMAN BAGFACE
by CRN Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2502 Bids
Hereke silk, Turkey, around 1950, pure naturalsilk
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Hereke silk, Turkey, around 1950, pure naturalsilk
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €500
€802 Bids
Hereke silk fine Turkey, signed, around 1940, pure natural
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Hereke silk fine Turkey, signed, around 1940, pure natural
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €500
€802 Bids
Kayseri antique Turkey, #'Ottoman 5 Lira banknote#'
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Kayseri antique Turkey, #'Ottoman 5 Lira banknote#'
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €1,000
€2801 Bid
Alte Usak-Brücke
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Alte Usak-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €280- €560
€2801 Bid
Antique Konya-Ladik area, Turkey, 18th century
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Konya-Ladik area, Turkey, 18th century
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €1,500- €4,000
€1,4001 Bid
Antique Sarkoy Kilim, Turkey, 19th century, wool on
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Sarkoy Kilim, Turkey, 19th century, wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €500- €1,500
€2401 Bid
Antique Ushak, Turkey, around 1900, wool on wool
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Ushak, Turkey, around 1900, wool on wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €200- €800
€2001 Bid
Antique Kirsehir, Turkey, 19th century, wool on wool
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Antique Kirsehir, Turkey, 19th century, wool on wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €900
€1201 Bid
Turkish hand knotted wool Kilim runner carpet with red, blue & cream tones 300 x 74cm
Apr 24, 6:30 PM AEST
Turkish hand knotted wool Kilim runner carpet with red, blue & cream tones 300 x 74cm
by Lawsons
Est: AUD300- AUD400
AUD151 Bid
Hand Knotted Oushak Rug 7x9 ft
May 07, 11:00 AM EDT
Hand Knotted Oushak Rug 7x9 ft
by Fine Georgian Silver Inc
Est: $300- $500
$3001 Bid
Yörük antique, Turkey, around 1900, wool on wool
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Yörük antique, Turkey, around 1900, wool on wool
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €250- €750
€1200 Bids
Anatol Kilim old, Turkey, around 1920/1930, wool on
May 04, 11:00 AM CEST
Anatol Kilim old, Turkey, around 1920/1930, wool on
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €250- €750
€1200 Bids
A Turkish runner
Apr 19, 9:30 AM PDT
A Turkish runner
by Clars Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Turkish Angora Oushak Runner, 2' 6 x 9' 10.
May 11, 10:00 AM CDT
Turkish Angora Oushak Runner, 2' 6 x 9' 10.
by Crescent City Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$2000 Bids
Antique Turkish Oushak Prayer Rug 7 ft 8 in x 6 ft 6 in (2.34 m x 1.98 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Turkish Oushak Prayer Rug 7 ft 8 in x 6 ft 6 in (2.34 m x 1.98 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$5,0000 Bids
Vintage Turkish Kayseri Rug 9 ft 6 in x 6 ft 2 in (2.9 m x 1.88 m)
Jun 02, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Turkish Kayseri Rug 9 ft 6 in x 6 ft 2 in (2.9 m x 1.88 m)
by Nazmiyal Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
20th C Turkish style carpet
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
20th C Turkish style carpet
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Hereke-Seidenbrücke
May 03, 10:30 AM CEST
Hereke-Seidenbrücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €1,200- €2,400
€1,2000 Bids
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Finest silk tapestry. HEREKE/TURKEY, 31x22 cm.
Apr 27, 10:00 AM CEST
Finest silk tapestry. HEREKE/TURKEY, 31x22 cm.
by Auktionshaus Eppli
Est: €0- €0
€1,6000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Turkish Rugs & Carpets


Henry's Auktionshaus

Henry's Auktionshaus

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden

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