It was the Turkish people and related groups from Central Asia who largely introduced the knotted pile carpet to the Islamic world. However, unlike Persian rugs which were produced in urban settings that allowed for generous, room sized carpets, most Turkish rugs were made in villages and towns resulting in a variety of lesser sized rugs and runners - many with their own distinct local je ne se quoi. Oushak (always a CLOTH & KIND fave) has been weaving since the 15th century and they typically include wide-ranging patterns drawing upon traditional Turkish and Persian sources - but especially medallions and stars. Ghiordes is another extremely well known town which is synonymous with incredibly detailed, super exquisite rugs. Bottom line, it would be nearly impossible to do justice to the artistic creativity and numerous styles of antique and vintage Turkish rugs but have a look at just a few that we've curated here for you as a small sampling of what's possible, and be prepared to fall in love.

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