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Why every home needs a Turkish carpet β€οΈ

September 14, 2016

In my opinion a home isn’t complete with one or two rugs of extremely good quality. Turkish carpets have international recognition for being of the best quality and the hand made varieties can be extremely expensive.

I visited the Museum of Antalya whilst on holiday, one of my favourite places in the whole world. They had a superb selection of carpets dating back many many years. My favourite are in shades of burgundy. I feel a carpet like this adds a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’to any home.

The History behind Turkish Carpets –

Here is a bit of history for you taken from Wikipedia.

‘Turkish carpet’ is a term of convenience, commonly used today to denote rugs and carpets woven by various ethnicities in the geographic region of Asia minor and the adjacent regions, which formerly belonged to the Ottoman Empire. It denotes a knotted, pile-woven floor or wall covering which is produced for home use, local sale, and export. Along with flat-woven kilim, “Turkish” carpets form an essential part of the regional culture, today officially understood as Turkish, but in fact derived from the multi-ethnic, multi-religious traditions of the former Ottoman Empire and its predecessors.

Carpet weaving represents a traditional art, dating back to pre-Islamic times. During its long history, the art and craft of the woven carpet has integrated different cultural traditions. Traces of Byzantine design can be detected, Turkic peoples migrating from Central Asia, as well as Armenian people, Caucasian and Kurdic tribes either living in, or migrating to Anatolia, brought with them their traditional designs.

Here are some pictures I took today of hand woven carpets and kilims on display at The Museum of Antalya –

So if you are ever lucky enough to visit Istanbul, or any other part of Turkey, ask around and ensure you take back a classic hand woven Turkish Carpet to adorn your home for many years to come.

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