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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Silk Hereke Prayer Rug, Turkey, Mid/Late 20th C., 1'9'' x 2'4''
Dec 08, 10:00 AM EST
Silk Hereke Prayer Rug, Turkey, Mid/Late 20th C., 1'9'' x 2'4''
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $600
$2003 Bids
Seidenbrücke mit Hereke-Muster
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Seidenbrücke mit Hereke-Muster
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €700- €1,400
€7001 Bid
Turkish Hereke Floral Motif Rug, 14' 5" x 9' 10"
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Turkish Hereke Floral Motif Rug, 14' 5" x 9' 10"
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $600- $800
$1001 Bid
Oushak Rug, 6' x 9'1"
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Oushak Rug, 6' x 9'1"
by Northgate Gallery
Est: $100- $25,000
$501 Bid
TURKISH SPARTA ORIENTAL RUG
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
TURKISH SPARTA ORIENTAL RUG
by White's Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Turkish Oushak Handmade Wool Rug
Dec 03, 10:00 AM EST
Turkish Oushak Handmade Wool Rug
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
Turkish Oushak Carpet
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
Turkish Oushak Carpet
by Stair
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
Hereke silk, Turkey, signed, around 1960, purenatural
Dec 10, 2:00 PM CET
Hereke silk, Turkey, signed, around 1960, purenatural
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €600
€1201 Bid
Turkish Rug, 3 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 5 in.
Nov 29, 10:00 AM EST
Turkish Rug, 3 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 5 in.
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$51 Bid
HAND KNOTTED TURKISH BAMBOO SILK AREA RUG
Nov 29, 6:00 PM PST
HAND KNOTTED TURKISH BAMBOO SILK AREA RUG
by O'Gallerie
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
Kars-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kars-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €280- €560
€2800 Bids
MEHRAB TURKISH CARPET FROM HEREKE
Nov 27, 1:00 PM JST
MEHRAB TURKISH CARPET FROM HEREKE
by New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
Est: ¥700,000- ¥1,200,000
¥700,0000 Bids
Kayserie-Brücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Kayserie-Brücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €500- €1,000
€5000 Bids
Gebetsbrücke
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Gebetsbrücke
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €360- €720
€3600 Bids
Kula Rug
Dec 03, 4:00 PM CET
Kula Rug
by Austria Auction Company
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
A Hereke Silk Prayer Rug
Nov 29, 11:00 AM GMT
A Hereke Silk Prayer Rug
by Hessink's
Est: €1,000- €2,000
€9000 Bids
A SILK PRAYER RUG
Dec 08, 9:30 AM CET
A SILK PRAYER RUG
by Nagel Auction
Est: €400- €600
€4000 Bids
A Pandirma Prayer Rug
Nov 29, 11:00 AM GMT
A Pandirma Prayer Rug
by Hessink's
Est: €250- €450
€2200 Bids
Manastir Prayer Rug
Dec 03, 4:00 PM CET
Manastir Prayer Rug
by Austria Auction Company
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,0000 Bids
A Turkoman Rug
Nov 29, 11:00 AM GMT
A Turkoman Rug
by Hessink's
Est: €150- €300
€1300 Bids
An Hereke Silk Prayer Rug
Nov 29, 11:00 AM GMT
An Hereke Silk Prayer Rug
by Hessink's
Est: €500- €700
€4400 Bids
Turkish Angora Oushak Carpet
Dec 04, 10:00 AM CST
Turkish Angora Oushak Carpet
by New Orleans Auction Galleries
Est: $1,200- $1,800
$1,1000 Bids
Turkmene ca. 340 x 244 cm.
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Turkmene ca. 340 x 244 cm.
by Dusseldorfer Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
Melas Prayer Rug
Dec 03, 4:00 PM CET
Melas Prayer Rug
by Austria Auction Company
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€3,0000 Bids

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