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Modern machine-made rugs are produced in factories and have no more of a backstory than that. On the other hand, each antique rug has a unique past. Each piece tells a story about the women who spent months making them, about those who have walked over them, about the places they have gone, and about the things they have witnessed. Each pattern on vintage rugs has a specific meaning, and they give owners a narrative right on the floor of their living room - a story to pass down for generations to come.
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Turkish rugs of the type known as Anatolian rugs are made in Anatolia and its surrounding regions. Anatolian rugs are hand-knotted and pile-woven as opposed to kilim rugs, which are flat-woven. They can be utilized as wall hangings or as a floor covering. As a result of increased trade between regions in the 13th century, any carpet coming from this region or elsewhere came to be referred to as "Turkish."
Wool or cotton have traditionally been used to make these rugs. Ox, bear, goat, and camel are a few examples of exotic fibers that have been found. While identifying carpets from particular tribes might be challenging, geographical groupings can be recognized by the weaving methods, colors, textures, and themes they employed. The Ghirodes knot, a method of weaving symmetrical patterns, is used in the majority of Anatolian rugs.
Oushaks were first produced in a locality that would later take the name of the rug, Oushak, south of Istanbul. Although nomads initially made the carpets for their own use, Oushak has been the hub of considerable Turkish rug manufacture since the 15th century. Europeans started purchasing their rugs and carpets from European producers in the 17th century. The art of weaving rugs had become less popular in Oushak by the time the carpets were once again fashionable in the 19th century. The Oushaks were first made by local villagers' artists following the customary method.
The city of Tabriz has served as the residence for fine Persian carpets for ages. The city has developed its own look over time, including a distinctive brand of carpet known as the Tabriz rug that has gained popularity around the globe.
The most frequent subject in a Tabriz is floral. But it's intriguing to see how a Tabriz approaches the floral motif. Instead of being completely covered in arbitrary floral patterns, each one functions as a "branch" of a tree. The Tabriz is adorned with a medallion aside from this distinctive strategy. Either this medallion serves as the design's central focal point or it serves as a container for other designs.
Traditional Moroccan tribal carpets are also known as Berber rugs since they are produced by many Saharan and North African Berber tribes. According to local access to natural plants, vegetation, and minerals for dyes, knotting patterns, and the temperature of that region of Morocco, each tribe has its own own style. These Moroccan Berber rugs include historic designs that have been handed down through the generations of weavers.
Moroccan Berber rugs come in a variety of pile heights and thicknesses, depending on the location, and are made from only pure sheep wool. In the chilly, snowy Atlas Mountains region, Moroccan throw rugs with a thicker texture are employed. For the scorching Sahara Desert climate, lighter Moroccan flat weave rugs are produced.