Akilah

One-of-a-kind vintage rug, handwoven and handknotted in Hereke, Turkey

Dimensions: 6'10" x 9'4" (210 cm x 287 cm)

All rugs have been professionally cleaned; age-related wear and natural inconsistencies are inherent in these unique, handcrafted vintage rugs.

Product Details
  • One-of-a-kind vintage rug — only one in stock!
  • 100% wool pile on cotton foundation
  • Dimensions: 6'10" x 9'4" (210 cm x 287 cm)
  • Color palette: warm vanilla beige, prussian blue, salmon pink, moss green
Curator's Notes
Motifs
  • Floral motif arranged in a concentric pattern like an abundant landscaped garden
  • A geometric, stylized arch that symbolizes a gateway to paradise
Region of Origin

Hereke, east of Istanbul, is the most renowned carpetmaking town in Turkey. Hereke carpets are also known as "palace carpets" since this is the town where sultans would source rugs for their palaces. Hereke rugs feature classic Persian motifs in fine knot density, and are composed mostly of wool but sometimes made of Bursa silk as well. In recent years the region was decimated by earthquakes, which destroyed the rugmaking tradition and business in the area. Now it is a dead art form and what remains are the carpets still in circulation. These rugs continue to increase in value and remain the most desired pieces among collectors.

Material Details

Wool is the most popular fiber used in Turkish rugs because it is supple, durable, and plentiful in supply. A cotton foundation is also a popular choice, used to tie the wool knots onto. Cotton is rigid and strong, providing a firm foundation that stands the test of time.