Historic Anatolian Rugs

Anatolia is a historical name attributed to Turkey, the great Turkish Empires history features its rugs as an important component. As of today, Turkey is the largest manufacturer and exporter of hand woven rugs and carpets in the world. It exports to the United States, the European Union, China, and France earning its economy billions of dollars in exports annually. Being one of the most important export, the historical Anatolian rugs are unmatched in quality and labor involved while making each of its rugs a masterpiece. Turks learned to weave from Ancient Greeks, the Islamic label stamped on each of the manufactured rugs that featured floral designs, mosques, and textures instead of human portraits and animals. 

Modern-day designs and dimensions of the famous Anatolian carpets are a heritage to the Ottoman Empire. Under the patronage of Ottoman emperors, the industry got a huge industrial boom and encouraged the cotton industry to flourish within the Empire. Turkish cities of Ankara and Konya are hubs of hand-woven carpet industry. The most incredible and famous carpets are Mekri, Hereke, Ghiordes, Kula, and Jerevan carpets made of cotton, silk, and wool. 

The specialty of Anatolian carpets is its thick weaving pattern, the Turkish knot is made of wool or silk with cotton base and has the highest knot density, it is also called a Turkbaff in native Turkish language. Apart from the thicker hand woven carpets, the thinner carpets are produced with a special technique. To make it denser, the same motifs are woven around both the ends of carpets. The most common designs adopted by Turkish weavers are the geometric shapes and Islamic textures. The applications are numerous anywhere from floor coverings to wall hangings, blankets, or bedspreads. The color scheme is darker for geometric designs as opposed to the Asian carpets that comprise of lighter tones in their designs. 

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The Difference Between a Handmade Wool & Silk Rug

It’s not a difficult choice selecting between a wool and silk rug. Buy a wool rug if you are going to place it to more human traffic or feet movement, or go for the silk one for sleek and beautiful look for less crowded space or for wall hangings. As we all know, wool is more abundant than silk, it takes lesser time to weave a wool rug, and it has longer lifespan, more than 100 years on average. On the other hand, silk rugs present royalty and class, it looks shiny, cleaner, and has more knots per square inch. 

Wool rugs hold better against the spills and thick stains, it is easy to clean and stand longer against the time and temperature. Wool rugs are thicker; they require twice a month cleanup with any vacuum cleaner. If you are not good with vacuum cleaner or your cleaner pulls out the fiber knots, it’s better to take it out to the sun and shake it thoroughly to remove dust trapped in air pockets. For silk rugs, the fiber count is higher per square inch, hence lesser chances of dust particles to settle in. Still, with a little dust getting into it, the luster may get dull lessening the genuine look of it. Wool is stronger than silk, the latter is 4 times pricey than former for its more knots per square inch and delicacy. 

Make sure to check if you are allergic to wool before buying a wool rug. For wool rugs, a cotton base is used that wears off quickly, however silk rug is all the same and does not rot from either sides or bottom. For durability, it’s better buying a bamboo silk rug that cost less and lasts longer than pure silk. 

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