- Size: 15'8" × 19'3" (477 × 586 cm)Antique Rugs, Antique Turkish Rugs, Borlou Rugs, Miscellaneous Turkish Rugs, Oversized RugsAn early 20th century Turkish Borlou rug, the sand field with a spacious overall design of scattered leaves and floral sprays around ivory roundels within an ivory palmette and floral […]
- Size: 14'10" × 17'8" (452 × 538 cm)Antique Rugs, Antique Turkish Rugs, Borlou Rugs, Miscellaneous Turkish Rugs, Oversized Rugs, Pop-Up ShopAn early 20th century Borlou rug, the open camel field with sparse floral sprays around a green and brown floral vinery medallion with pendants within an emerald green angular vinery […]
- Size: 19'0" × 27'8" (579 × 843 cm)Antique Rugs, Antique Turkish Rugs, Borlou Rugs, Miscellaneous Turkish Rugs, Oversized RugsA late 19th century Turkish Borlou rug, the beige field with an allover pattern of salmon vines surrounding a central medallion within a salmon border. Borlou rugs for sale originate […]
- Size: 13'2" × 20'1" (401 × 612 cm)Antique Rugs, Antique Turkish Rugs, Miscellaneous Turkish Rugs, Borlou RugsThis circa-1920 antique Turkish Borlou rug features an intricate center medallion design in blue, containing the herati pattern and various abstractions, against an abrashed beige field. A blue border with […]
History and Design of Borlou Rugs
Borlou rugs originate in Turkey. They have been handmade since as early as the 13th century. It is believed that a tribe known as the Seljuks were the skilled weavers responsible for these early masterpieces. The Seljuks are said to have hailed from Central Asia and were nomads.
During the 1400s and 1500s, Europeans collected and treasured these rugs so much so that all rugs that came from Asia were thought to be products of Turkey. Each rug bears the intricate designs that represent the weaving base that produced it. Each region in Turkey has a signatory design that identifies it. The following are some of the regions and their associated designs:
– Hereke: This weaving center is located near Istanbul in the northern tip of Izmit Bay. These rugs were reserved for royalty and people held in high esteem on the national and international front. They incorporated motifs from Persia, traditional Turkish designs, Egypt, Western Europe, and of course the Usak medallion. These rugs are considered to be the finest in the world.
– Konya: It is located in Central Anatolia. The rugs produced here also have a Persian flavor as well as a floral motif. Marco Polo once commented on the beauty of the carpets produced in this region.
– Sivas: These carpets incorporate the Usak medallion, have a Persian flavor, and tend to be more floral.
Ghiordes is the oldest knot found in the most ancient of rugs/carpets. However, the oldest fragment of rug found with this knot was discovered in Siberia amongst the remains of the Pazyryk people and has a date stamp that places it in the Iron Age.