Category Archives: Carpet of the Month

Q: ‘Yastik’ – is a small Turkish carpet mat or a pillow?

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  BOTH! ‘Yastik’ – meaning pillow in Turkish is also the term used to refer to small carpet mats. It may seem a stretch but once you understand the nomadic history of these items it makes perfect sense. Just like … Continue reading

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Turkish handmade carpets (rugs): regions and designs PART 1

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Today I am taking a look at the range of handmade Turkish carpets. Often the names are derived from the region that they are woven in and generally speaking each region will have a distinctive style. I have put pictures … Continue reading

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Carpets of the month – Hereke carpets

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“What does Hereke mean”? I asked all those years ago “The best.” replied my father-in-law.  And undoubtedly most rug dealers and collectors the world over would attest to the same.  An  illustrious history combined with quality that still today makes them … Continue reading

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Carpet of the Month – March ’13

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This month sees us take a closer look at a unique small antique carpet from Dazkiri in Western Anatolian. Dazkiri is the name of a town and also a district with about 11,000 people in the district. For such a … Continue reading

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Carpet of the Month – Jan ’12

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This month’s ‘carpet of the month’ is close to my favourite carpet in the shop.  It is an antique Kiršehir rug, approximated at over 100 years old (hand spun wool with double Turkish knots).  It has aged beautifully, the softness … Continue reading

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