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Silk Hereke rug

Circa 1930
132 x 93 cm 4’3” x 3’
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An early fine silk Hereke rug, dating from circa 1930-1940.  This is one from a collection of stunning silk Hereke rugs we have in our inventory that are all in exceptional original condition, woven with exquisite soft silk and silver and gold thread and a very fine weave.  This silk Turkish rug has been signed in the top left and right hand corner, along with poetry written in silk with a gold thread background in the cartouches.

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The design is remarkable with gentle flowers and vines, exquisite pale colours of blue, reds and a light green border.  This stunning silk rug could be hung on a wall or placed on the floor in a low traffic area, such as a bedroom.

The History of Hereke rugs:

The 31st Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Abdulmejid I (1823-1861) founded the Hereke Imperial manufacturing of silk rugs and textiles in 1841 for his Dolmabahçe Palace on the Bosphorus, the strait of Istanbul.  He gathered the best artists and carpet weavers of the Ottoman Empire in Hereke, where they produced fine quality rugs and large carpets with unique designs.

After Abdulmejid I finished his Palace, the Ottoman Sultans used Hereke rugs as gifts to selected visiting royalties, nobleman and statesmen.  It was not until the late 19th Century that traders were allowed to sell rugs made at Hereke, they were deemed to special and expensive to do so.  When the Ottoman Empire ended, weaving Hereke rugs was restricted until the middle of the 20th Century.

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