The Ottoman sultan Abdülmecid I founded the Hereke Imperial Manufacture in 1841 to produce all the textiles for his Dolmabahçe Palace on the Bosphorus. He gathered the best artists and carpet weavers of the former Ottoman Empire in Hereke, where they began to produce high quality rugs and large carpets with unique patterns. The antique Turkish rug before your eyes is a fine example of the exceptional Hereke craftsmanship. Its utterly elegant and delicate design builds upon the iconic gul motif, forming an allover yet greatly artistic pattern of interconnected architectural hexagons. Gul has many connotations – some claim it to be a symbol of a rose; others think it’s a representation of an elephant footprint. The main field is enclosed within a series of borders, each of which is decorated with a different geometric pattern, corresponding with the central design. This intricate face of the rug is executed in subtle and absolutely timeless tone-on-tone beige shades which will easily fit into all kinds of contemporary interior décors. Besides versatile and mesmerizing appearance, this antique Turkish Hereke rug can boast of masterful execution of the finest wool in accordance with old and refined techniques. It will most definitely serve its owners for generations just as it has survived until today without any signs of wear. This Turkish carpet has a chance to introduce palatial elegance and a breath of history into any home.