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Palace Carpets

Alongside the development of the tradition Turkish carpets, a completely different type of carpet both in technique and design appears at the end of the 16th century, the Ottoman palace carpets. The conquest by the Ottomans of Tabriz in 1514 and later of Cairo in 1517 paved the way for some news concepts, both technical and ornamental, in the art of Turkish carpet making. The carpet first woven

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Large Pattern Holbien Carpets

These carpets display a simple pattern consisting of large squares with octagon fillings arranged in superimposed rows over the whole field. There may be two or four squares throughout the length of the carpet. This type of carpet, which develops throughout the 15th century, derives from the animal-figured carpets of Anatolia and the carpets with geometric patterns illustrated in 14t

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Holbein Carpets

From the middle of the 15th century onwards there is a steady increase in the number of carpets with patterns composed of octagons and lozenges arranged in staggered rows depicted in European paintings. This type of carpet is erroneously linked with the name of the German painter Hans Holbein. Actually, this type of carpet is to be found in paintings by Italian artists long before the time of H

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The Carpets of Beysehir

Twenty-five years after Martin discovered the Konya carpets, more Seljuk carpets were found in the same way in the Esrefoglu Mosque

In Beysehir, a district capital lying on the shores of the Beyşehir Lake. They were discovered

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Caucasian Carpets Area

BLOSSOM-CARPET,

17th century

Floral ornament, grouped round a central motif, mainly in yellow and light blue with some white, on a lustrous copper red ground. A narrow leaf border surrounds the field. Rarely has a style period been so clearly and precisely reproduced as in the example. Many varieties of flower forms are sti

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Dagestan - Derbent Rugs

The district of Dagestan adjoins Kuba to the North. Considerable rug production is undertaken in this area, just as in the Kuba area. In contrast to all other Caucasian rugs, the warp lies very diagonally (anything up to 75).This gives to the rugs a tighter, thicker handle. The weft is always woollen, and the ends, which are the same at both sides, have fringes knotted to give a honeycomb effec

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Seljuk Carpets

A high point in the art of carpet making was to be achieved during the three centuries of the Seljuk Period but unfortunately there are no examples from the period called the Great Selcuk Period. We do how ever have surviving more...

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Early Turkish Carpets

The history of oriental carpet-making is intertwined with the lives of people, Turkic people who have migrated through the centuries from Central Asia westwards. So intrinsic an artistic expression of their understanding and way of life found itself a stabilizing but at the same time a c

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Carpet Fragments Found in East Turkestan

Some forty years before the discovery of the Pazyryk carpet (1906,1908) Sir Marc Aurel Stein and Alfred von Le Coq found some knotted carpet fragments during their excavations in a grave shaft in Lou-lan and in a Buddhist stupa shrine at Lop-nor in East Turkestan. These pieces date from the 3rd to the history of carpet development.

Tle Lou-lan woole carpet fragment, an approximately squ

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9th Century Carpets from the Abbasid Period

An association between the period of the early development of carpet art during the Abbasid Period in 9th century and Turkish involvement seems obvious when we recall that the capital city of the empire, Samarra (838-883) was in fact a Turkish

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Caucasian Rugs

Situated in the South-west of the Caucasus, the area from which the Kazak rugs come stretches from Tiflis to Erevan,

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Use and Care of Rugs

During his hectic day every man longs to be at home among his own things to relax and reflect. Such an atmosphere is created by beautiful furniture and artistic Oriental rugs. Whether a residence is designed in the modern, spacious style or arranged in a more traditional mode there is hardly any room decor that is not enhanced by an Oriental rug.  Rugs of geometric pattern fit well into modern

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