Antique Turkish Silk Rug
Antique Turkish Silk Rug Description:
This antique circa-1920 Turkish silk rug features a large oval medallion in faded red and an intricate design of floral and geometric abstractions and arabesques in shades of red and inky blue against a field of ivory. The muted patina of the antique carpet is a staple of Sivas Rug design and contributes to its unique look. Shapes such as the boteh, the paisley shape that represents leaves or pinecones in traditional antique oriental rugs, can be seen throughout. Although Turkish rugs have a rich and varied history, the use of silk is a comparatively new development as silk piled carpets made in Turkey do not date before 1870. Starting with the early 20th century, silk pile carpets began to be knotted in Turkey using silver and gold threads with patterns based upon 16th century Imperial Safavid Iranian carpets.