If you are looking for Turkish rugs for sale, you are going to love all the choices that are available to you thanks to our ongoing Turkish rug sale. As you will see when you scroll through our Turkish rugs, we offer Turkish rugs cheap, which makes them affordable options for many home and business owners, as well as interior designers who are shopping for their budget-conscious clients.
Kinds of Turkish Rugs
Given the variety of Turkish rugs in the marketplace, it is not enough to simply want a Turkish rug for your home or office. You have to put some thought into the kind of Turkish rug that will work best in the space you are decorating. Keep in mind that you do not necessarily need to put a Turkish rug on the floor. Certain rugs, including many Turkish Kilim rugs, resemble tapestries in both thickness and beauty, which make them ideal for hanging on the wall and using as sofa covers.
As a general rule, there are two primary kinds of Turkish rugs: Kilim rugs and Hali rugs. A Turkish Kilim rug is flat-woven while Turkish Hali rugs are knotted. It is widely believed that the oldest Kilim rug originated in Çatalhöyük around 7,000 B.C. near the middle of Anatolia. Many experts agree that Turkish tribes introduced Hali rugs to Anatolian inhabitants some time during the 12th century.
During your search for cheap Turkish rugs, you will likely encounter several kinds of other Turkish rugs. These rugs include:
1) Turkish Ladik Rugs:
These rugs are typically made using a prayer rug format. Some of the most prized Turkish Ladik rugs boast an eye-catching rose/burgundy color that was derived from dye made from beetles found in the West Indies.
2) Turkish Yuruk Rugs:
Yuruk rugs are noticeably loosely woven and often have a distinct, sometimes eccentric design.
3) Turkish Melas Rugs:
hese rugs are typically more conservative in terms of design compared to Yuruk rugs. Turkish Melas rugs normally have geometric designs that are simply captivating. These rugs normally come in either prayer rug or meditation rug format and are sought-after because they often have light- to mid-tones of green that are highly desirable.
4) Turkish Bergama Rugs:
Bergama rugs usually show off designs that involve multiple medallions, which make them easy to identify.
5) Turkish Mudjur Rugs:
Turkish Mudjur rugs are usually the most formal option among Turkish town rugs. These rugs are often decorated with austere fields of red or fields that showcase a blossoming tree of life or a lantern.
Characteristics of Turkish Rugs
While Turkish rugs may have different characteristics based on the region where they are made and their intended use, they share some general traits that make them very popular with consumers. These shared characteristics include:
- High-quality construction
- Attractive patterns
- Investment worthiness
- Natural materials and dyes
Turkish rugs are something you really have to experience to appreciate their full beauty and utility. With that in mind, we invite you to view our wide selection of Turkish rugs online now. We also encourage you to contact us with any questions you have about the rugs we have for sale. If you need help making a selection, we’ll be thrilled to help you find a Turkish rug that reflects your personal tastes and lifestyle. Give us a call or send us an email today.
Handwoven Kilim Rugs: Turkish Weaving with a Storied History
Kilim rugs are a handmade, flat-woven carpet with no piles or knotted fluff. Although the word kilim is of Turkish origin, kilim rugs have been made in Turkey, Persia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Morocco, the Balkans and Scandinavia, proving the flat-weaving technique spread far. Because these antique rugs are found across the globe, each region has a different pronunciation and spelling of the name Kilim.
Most experts believe kilims originated in the Anatolia region of modern day Turkey. The earliest examples of kilim rugs date back as far as the 4th century AD, although there is evidence the flat-weave technique probably began at about 1,000 BC in Egypt.
Qashgahii kilims from the Zagros region, along with Turkoman and baluch kilims from eastern Iran and central Asia, are among the styles now highly coveted by those who buy kilim rugs.
The techniques used to make vintage kilim rugs have changed little over the centuries. Whereas a pile rug is made by knotting short strands of different color onto warps and held together by pressing the wefts tightly against each other, the design of a Kilim rug is made by interweaving the variously colored wefts and warps.
The simple interlocking strands of wool, hair or fiber requires no backing, so Kilim carpets are thinner than traditional Persian rugs and Oriental rugs, making them popular as tapestries or use as bed coverlets.
The Distinctive Motifs and Colors of Kilim Carpets
Common motifs found in Kilim carpets include serrated leaf elements, zig-zag crenellations, shield medallions, diamond borders, and geometric designs. Many of the geometric motifs in kilims – “ramshorn” motifs and serrated medallions or “ashiks” – traveled with nomads as they spread to the Middle East. Elements such as perennials, pomegranates and fronds are popular in modern kilim carpets and vintage kilims alike.
The wide-ranging palette of reds, greens, oranges, and browns in antique Kilim carpets demonstrate the quality of dyes early Anatolian weavers had at their disposal. Many traditional kilim rugs feature warm, muted colors as the primary hues, with cooler tones used to create points of contrast.
The flat-weaving technique used to make Kilim rugs makes it difficult to produce continuous separations of color, so Kilims often have a stepped or crenelated appearance.
A Traditional Kilim Was Practical Before It Was Decorative
Woolen kilims are known for their strength and versatility. Long before Kilims became decorative pieces, tribal communities used them as floor coverings; as bedding or clothing; as horse blankets; for storage of grains; or draped as a shelter against the weather.
Lightweight and easy to transport, Kilims are especially popular in rug-weaving centers with warm climates, where shaggy rugs were not needed to keep warm.
Buying Antique Kilim Rugs and Contemporary Kilims
For many decades, antique Kilim rugs were considered artifacts of primordial tribal design unaffected by the influence of high art or foreign culture. Once overlooked as low status items, antique Kilims are now cherished as examples of the authentic weaving tradition of the Middle East.
We pride ourselves on a distinctive collection of Kilims. For those interested in buying vintage Kilim rugs, our collection of antique carpets offers an extraordinary range of designs and colors. We also carry a vast selection of more modern Kilims for the contemporary home. Shop online or contact us at our Charlotte, North Carolina location to shop for kilim carpets that reflect your style.