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Turkish Carpets

Updated on November 11, 2013

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Turkish Carpets

Turkish floor coverings have been known and coveted for their quality and unique designs for many centuries. Carpets made in Turkey have a unique mark of craftsmanship that attracts many buyers from countries all over the world. Turkish rugs are not manufactured in a specific region of Turkey, but rather are made in all parts of the country. The principal difference between Turkish carpets and those made in other countries are the materials used to construct them, as well as the distinct patterns and methods used. In previous times Turkish carpets were flat, woven or knotted, however today they are made using the latest technologies, but this has not diminished the quality or beauty of the carpets.


Turkish carpet seller in the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

Turkish Carpet Prices

Turkish carpet prices will vary considerably and depend on several factors: The overall quality of a Turkish carpet relies on how many knots it has per square centimeter. The higher the number of knots, the higher quality the carpet, and therefore the higher the price. The age will also determine the price, as the older the carpet is, the more demand there is for it. The most expensive Turkish rugs are made from silk, and a pure silk rug will cost thousands of dollars. The condition of a Turkish rug is also a determining factor for price; there should be no small holes or tears in the product.


Materials Used in Turkish Rugs

Turkish floor coverings for many years have been in high demand from both Eastern and Western countries. Although countries such as China and India are also well known for quality floor coverings, there are large demands for Turkish rugs in these countries. It is the combination of art and quality of Turkish rugs that makes them attractive to global buyers.

The three principal materials used to make Turkish carpets are silk, cotton and wool. The cheaper Turkish carpets are made with wool, and the knot count in wool carpets is considerably less than with the other materials.

Cotton carpets are more finely spun than wool carpets, and there is a far higher knot count. Cotton rugs are probably the most popular among visitors to Turkey as they are affordable for most, and are available in many styles and designs; such as floral designs, and traditional geometric patterns.

Silk is the most expensive material used to create Turkish carpets, rugs and mats. Silk carpets have a very high knot count and there must be at least 100 knots for every square centimeter in a Turkish silk rug. Because of the high quality of these carpets, they are most often used for hanging on the wall rather than as floor coverings. Demand for Turkish silk rugs is very high and you will find them in a fascinating range of intricate designs.

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